New Manager: Roberto Di Matteo & Ciaran Clark Makes Irish Euro 2016 Squad.

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After Villa’s dreadful campaign it was no surprise to see that nobody even got near an England call up ahead of this summers European Championships in France.

However, a familiar face who will be heading there is Ciaran Clark, who has been selected as part of the Republic of Ireland’s final 23 man squad.

Clark, despite suffering relegation, still retains the faith of many at Villa Park.  Whilst the Irishman has certainly had mixed fortunes in terms of form throughout his Villa career, neither his application or work rate could ever be called into question.

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Clark’s international performances have certainly been the highlight of his season and this has culminated in him being favoured by former Villa boss Martin O’Neill.

Clark, who is reportedly still on the radar of local rivals West Brom, will join up with former Villans Robbie Keane and Shay Given for the finals starting 10th of June in Paris.  

The Republic lost their final warm up game to Belarus 1-0 Tuesday evening, fielding a much changed side, featuring Clark, who went close with two headers.  Clark is expected to line up for Ireland’s first fixture, against Sweden, on June 13th (5pm Kick Off).

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The worst kept secret in football is expected to be announced with Roberto Di Matteo being unveiled as the next Aston Villa manager.

The hold up is reported to be in relation to ironing out the finer points of the Italian’s deal – but it more than likely also connected to the parallel work ongoing in respect of Tony Xia’s takeover of the club

Read more about Di Matteo’s appointment at Villa Park here.

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