Villa Park side keen on former Stamford Bridge manager.
Aston Villa have reportedly approached former Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo as a potential replacement for under fire boss Paul Lambert.
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The Daily Express claim that though owner Randy Lerner is looking to stand by his Scottish boss if Lambert fails to pick up significant points from upcoming fixtures against West Brom, Newcastle United, Everton and West Ham, as well as a must-win Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with League Two side Bradford City, then the American may be forced to act.
The Villa Park side have hit an alarming run of form, winning just two of their last 12 Premier League fixtures, and the Midlands club are now sitting in the bottom three and involved in a relegation dogfight.
Di Matteo was rather cruelly axed by Roman Abramovich last November, despite guiding Chelsea to a Champions League triumph last May.