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Di Matteo says taking over Villa Park hotseat is 'wonderful honour'

Roberto Di Matteo has called it a "wonderful honour" to be named Aston Villa manager.

Villa confirmed the Italian's appointment as Remi Garde's successor on a two-year contract.

He arrives at a club in a tailspin, suffering the effects of problems both on and off the pitch which culminated in relegation from the Premier League following just three league wins - and four managers.

Despite returning to management at Championship level, the former West Brom and Chelsea boss is relishing the challenge of what lies ahead as he attempts to repeat his success with the Baggies in 2010 by winning promotion back to the top flight. Di Matteo (left) said: "It's a wonderful honour for me to become manager of this great football club and I'm looking forward to the challenge of taking Aston Villa back to its rightful place."

Di Matteo (46), a Champions League and FA Cup-winner with Chelsea, has been out of work since leaving German club Schalke just over a year ago.

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