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Di Matteo: I'm relishing exciting new era

Club statement: Keith Wyness confirmed as Chief Executive Dr Tony Xia: Roberto Di Matteo shares my vision - I'm very ambitious
Di Matteo: I'm relishing exciting new era
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Roberto Di Matteo has spoken of his delight at joining Villa for an "exciting era with ambitious plans". 

Di Matteo toured Villa Park with new Owner Dr Tony Xia and was in buoyant mood for the season ahead - and the future for the claret and blues. 

He knows the pain suffered by fans over the past few seasons, culminating in relegation from the top-flight. 

But he's determined to turn around the fortunes of this huge Club. 

He said: "I'm very happy that I've been given the chance to work at this Club. 

"I'm excited and my backroom staff are excited - and we're looking forward to starting work. 

"There's a new Owner coming in and he has ambitious plans - exciting plans. I think that really rocked my boat. 

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

"I think that happiness is important in sport and in life. Happiness is a consequence of success. 

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

"We'll work tirelessly to achieve that. 

"My message to the fans is that the only way is up!"

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 15th June 2016