Roberto Di Matteo - The highs and lows

Roberto Di Matteo - The highs and lows

Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked as manager of Aston Villa following a disappointing start to the season.

Despite spending over B£50million on players since his appointment in the summer, the 46-year-old has won only one of his 11 Championship matches and oversaw an embarrassing EFL Cup defeat at Luton. Saturday's 2-0 loss at Preston leaves Villa just two points above the bottom three and was the final straw for new chairman chairman Tony Xia.

Here, Press Association Sport looks back at some of the highs and lows of Di Matteo's managerial career so far:

HIGH - Di Matteo landed his first managerial job at MK Dons in the summer of 2008, replacing Paul Ince. He made a promising start to life as a manager, guiding the Dons to a third-placed finish in League One before losing in the play-offs.

HIGH - His only season in Milton Keynes caught the eye of the West Brom board who appointed him as Tony Mowbray's successor. Albion finished second in the Championship that season, behind Newcastle, and won automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

LOW - In February 2011 Di Matteo was sacked by West Brom following a run of 11 defeats in 16 Premier League matches.

HIGH - Later that year the Italian was appointed assistant to Andre Villas-Boas at his former club Chelsea and assumed the role of caretaker manager when Villas-Boas was sacked in March 2012. He went on to guide Chelsea to a FA Cup and Champions League double and was given the job on a permanent basis.

LOW - Di Matteo lasted just eight months as Chelsea manager and was sacked in November 2012.

HIGH - Di Matteo did not accept another job until he replaced Jens Keller at Schalke in October 2014. The Bundesliga club had made a terrible start to the season but Di Matteo revived their fortunes, getting them out of their Champions League group and finishing sixth in the league.

He oversaw a 4-3 win at Real Madrid in the Champions League, after a 2-0 home defeat in the first leg, and qualified Schalke for the Europa League before resigning at the end of the season.

LOW - Di Matteo was sacked by Villa after just 123 days in charge following just one win in 12 games in all competitions including a cup defeat at League Two side Luton.