After David Moyes ruled himself out of the running to become the next Aston Villa manager, it is understood that the club are nudging towards Roberto Di Matteo as their preferred candidate. The Daily Mail understands that club representatives are set to reignite talks with the Italian in the next day.

Nigel Pearson, the former Leicester City manager, remains under consideration and is the preferred choice of outgoing chairman Steve Hollis. Soon-to-be confirmed new owner Dr Tony Xia did prefer Moyes but is growing to the prospect of Di Matteo taking the helm.

Remi Garde exited the hot-seat at Villa Park in March and the club couldn’t avoid dropping into the Championship after a dismal Premier League campaign. Moyes decided against pursuing any talks with Villa as he was less than keen on managing in the Championship after considering the job after talks.

Talk over Di Matteo taking over at Villa initially quietened earlier in the week as it was widely expected that he would become the next Lazio manager. However Football Italia understands that Cesare Prandelli is likely to gain that job, meaning Di Matteo may focus his attentions on joining the Birmingham-based club.

Recently fired Everton manager Roberto Martinez is another name said to be under consideration, but it is highly likely that one of Di Matteo or Pearson will get the gig, with the pair being heavily linked to the vacancy for a number of weeks now. Di Matteo, who won the Champions League as manager of Chelsea, and has also coached MK Dons, West Bromich Albion and Schalke 04, could soon add Aston Villa to his coaching CV.