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Published: 15:18 | 15/6/16

Di Matteo: It's a rebuilding job

Roberto Di Matteo is under no illusions as to the size of the job that awaits him following his appointment as manager of Aston Villa.

The Italian, who succeeds Remi Garde as the club's permanent manager, has been tasked with guiding the club back to the Premier League following their relegation to the Championship.

Part of his job will be rebuilding the squad that managed just three wins in the Premier League last season and Di Matteo admits he must bring in the right personnel 'who are willing to fight for the club'.

"It's a rebuilding job. The last three or four years it has been a club in decline and relegation topped that off last season," Di Matteo told a press conference on Wednesday.

"I know it will be difficult and I have to turn things around.

"We need to turn a team that has struggled into a strong competitive team. All aspects need to be looked at.

"What I believe is that we need a united group, people who are willing to fight for the club in the Championship. They need to put their services into the good of the team, for the good of the team.

"It will be a big job but with the right personnel we can do well. It is an exciting project, a new start, new ownership and management.

"We will take it from there and try and do everything we can within reason to help us and guide us.

"The objective is to get promotion this year, it will take time to sort the team out and we want results yesterday instead of today."

Following Dr Tony Xia's £75million takeover of Aston Villa, Di Matteo is excited at the prospect of working with the new owner and believes they can turn Villa's fortunes around.

"The fact that a new owner is coming in with ambitious plans, exciting plans, I think that really rocked my boat," Di Matteo said of the challenge that awaits him.

"He made a very good impression on me and has clear plans for the club, and to be able to produce the objective he’s set me will be good.

"A good relationship with him is key. It’s important to understand each other well. He’s going to be hands-on and here often … he has certainly showed a passion for the club and the football.

"Villa is a fabulous club that's had some problems in the last few years. But I think if we manage to turn it around it can be a very happy place and exciting place for the future.

"If we manage to win games on the pitch, obviously we'll give people a happy feeling when they're going home so our aim is certainly to give the people some of that.

"We'll work tirelessly to achieve that."

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