EXCLUSIVE: Villa’s manager hunt continues as ex-Chelsea boss emerges as shock candidate

Former Italy and Juventus midfielder Di Matteo almost got the Villa job three years ago but eventually lost out to Paul Lambert.

However, according to Villa sources, he is the preferred choice of one of several consortiums trying to buy out their American owner Randy Lerner.

Other frontrunners on the shortlist are Hull boss Steve Bruce and former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson.

The chances of Bruce, 55, getting the nod, though, seem slim.

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