Sacked Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo says he is “deeply disappointed” not to be given enough time by the struggling Championship club.
The Italian, 46, was sacked on Monday after only 124 days in charge.
Speaking for the first time since, he said: “My coaching staff and I have worked tirelessly to rebuild the squad.
“I have seen enough over the opening games of the season to suggest that the team we built will start converting draws into wins and climb the table.”
Villa are sixth from bottom, having won only one of their opening 11 league games.
In a statement issued via the League Managers Association, Di Matteo added: “I fully expect the players we have brought in to start delivering results in the weeks and months to come.
“I am sure that the work we have done over the past four months will contribute to seeing Villa back in the Premier League in the near future.”