Aston Villa target Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo
© PA Photos
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner reportedly plans to approach Chelsea caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo over the vacant manager's job at Villa Park.

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has reportedly identified Chelsea caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo as the man he wants to manage the club next season.

The 41-year-old Italian took temporary charge of the Blues in March following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas and, despite winning both the FA Cup and the Champions League earlier this month, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has yet offer him the manager's job on a full-time basis.

Di Matteo is likely to discover later this week whether or not he will remain at Chelsea next season and Villa are planning to contact him if he is released, according to the Daily Star.

Villa had previously targeted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the former Manchester United forward opted to remain at Molde.

Related Video
Johnstone's Paint Trophy
FT
Crewe Alexandra
0-3
Rochdale
FT
Oldham
1-0
Bradford
FT
Accrington
1-3
Carlisle
FT
AFC Wimbledon
2-2
Southend
Pens.
(4-2)
FT
Barnsley
2-0
York City
FT
Cheltenham
2-0
Oxford Utd
FT
Crawley
2-0
Cambridge
FT
Fleetwood Town
1-3
Morecambe
FT
Notts County
2-0
Mansfield
FT
Peterborough
2-3
Leyton Orient
FT
Preston
1-0
Shrewsbury
FT
Scunthorpe
2-0
Chesterfield
FT
Stevenage
0-1
Gillingham
FT
Wycombe
0-1
Coventry
FT
Yeovil
1-3
Portsmouth
Tables