Aston Villa have moved a step closer to appointing Roberto Di Matteo as manager following further talks with the Italian.
Di Matteo spoke to Villa chairman Steve Hollis again on Thursday and the ex-Chelsea boss could be named Remi Garde’s successor in the coming days.
Although David Moyes and Nigel Pearson were also interviewed for the job it is thought Di Matteo has always been the first choice of prospective new Villa owner Dr Tony Xia.
Di Matteo still has a house in Leamington Spa from his time in charge at West Brom although he has been out of management since resigning as Schalke boss a year ago.
Xia’s takeover of the club is also edging closer to completion but he must also pass the directors’ test as his bid awaits both Premier League and Football League approval.
Investigations into the Chinese businessman’s conglomerate, Recon Group, are being carried out jointly by the Premier League and Football League as Villa, relegated from the top flight this season for the first time in 29 years, do not officially become a Championship club until June.