Timeline of a turbulent 12 months at Aston Villa

Aston Villa are looking for their fifth permanent boss in a little more than two years following the departure of Roberto Di Matteo.

Aston Villa: Timeline of a turbulent 12 months at Aston VillaAston Villa: Timeline of a turbulent 12 months at Aston Villa

Here Press Association Sport looks at a turbulent 12 months for the club.

October 25: Tim Sherwood is sacked, having lost 16 of his 28 games in charge.

November 26: Manager Remi Garde confirms he dropped Jack Grealish from the first team after the 20-year-old was pictured partying in a Manchester nightclub hours after a 4-0 defeat at Everton.

January 9: The Villa squad and boss Garde are mercilessly abused while boarding the team bus following their 1-1 FA Cup draw at League Two Wycombe.

January 12: Garde secures his first win, and Villa’s first league victory for 157 days, with a 1-0 triumph over Crystal Palace.

January 14: Steve Hollis, a former chairman of auditors KPMG, is appointed at the club’s new chairman – replacing owner Randy Lerner.

February 1: The transfer window passes without Villa making a signing.

February 14: Villa’s worst home defeat for 81 years – a 6-0 thumping by Liverpool.

March 17: Chief executive Tom Fox leaves the club just 48 hours after sporting director Hendrik Almstadt departs.

March 29: Garde’s reign ends after less than five months – he won just three of his 23 games. Eric Black is left in caretaker charge.

April 14: Club captain Gabriel Agbonlahor is axed from the squad for two weeks for being unfit. It comes less than a month after he was investigated for his conduct on holiday in Dubai.

April 16: Villa are relegated from the Premier League.

April 18: Directors David Bernstein and Mervyn King resign.

April 19: Villa suspend Agbonlahor pending an investigation into off-field matters, following allegations concerning his conduct in a national newspaper.

April 28: Agbonlahor steps down as Villa club captain and apologises for his actions, saying: “I do not deserve to carry out such a role any more.” The club confirmed the investigation resulted in him also receiving a “substantial” fine and being “reminded of his responsibilities as a professional footballer” – although his suspension is lifted.

August 7: Villa’s Sky Bet Championship season starts with defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

August 10: League Two Luton beat Villa 3-1 in the EFL Cup.

October 2: After a run of nine games without a victory, Di Matteo departs with Villa 19th in the Championship. They have won just once in 12 matches in all competitions.

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