Unai Emery: Aston Villa have appointed the Villarreal coach as head coach


Unai Emery has won the Europa League four times

Aston Villa have appointed Unai Emery as manager following the sacking of Steven Gerrard.

Former Arsenal boss Emery, who was in charge of Spanish club Villarreal, will take over at Villa on November 1.

Villa have paid a buy-out fee of £5.2m to Villarreal for the 50-year-old.

Caretaker Aaron Danks is back in charge at Newcastle this weekend after Gerrard was released last week After Fulham’s 3-0 Premier League defeat.

Emery, who was out of contract at Villarreal next summer, will start work next week “after completing his work permit procedures”, Villa said.

They added: “Aston Villa are delighted to announce the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new manager.

“An experienced manager at the top level with over 900 games in charge, Unai has also previously worked in the Premier League during his spell with Arsenal, leading the Gunners to the Europa League final.

“In addition, he has enjoyed remarkable success at Sevilla and Paris St-Germain. At Sevilla, he won three consecutive Europa League titles between 2013 and 2016 before lifting a Ligue 1 championship in France, as well as two French Cups, two French League Cups and two Trophies. des Champions”.

Emery joined Villarreal in 2020 and achieved Europa League success in the 2020-21 season, Manchester United beat in the final

The Spanish club also reached last year’s Champions League semi-finals under Emery, losing 5-2 to Liverpool.

Emery’s Villarreal appointment came after him Being sacked after just 18 months as Arsenal manager In November 2019, following a seven-game winless run – the Gunners’ worst run since February 1992 at the time.

During his time in north London he led Arsenal to the Europa League final, losing to Chelsea in 2019.

Villa They beat Brentford 4-0 on Sunday Under goalkeeper Danks – only their third win in 12 Premier League games this season – left them 14th, three points off the relegation zone.

The club also spoke with the representatives of the coach of Sporting Lisbon Ruben Amorin

“The sign of the designation of Villa ambition” – analysis

Phil McNulty, senior football writer

Aston Villa’s appointment of Unai Emery is a sign of the club’s ambition and determination to make their mark in Europe.

Emery is a unique European specialist, having won the Europa League for three consecutive seasons at Sevilla before lifting the trophy again with Villarreal in 2021 when they beat Manchester United.

He maintains an excellent reputation and was a top target for Newcastle’s Saudi Arabian owners before Eddie Howe was appointed. Emery was ready for Tyneside to have one last November last minute change of mind.

Emery’s first task is to get Villa promoted to the Premier League and after being sacked by Arsenal in 2019 he will return to England as manager with something to prove.

He followed Arsene Wenger, and although his time at the Emirates Stadium has been painted as a failure, Arsenal finished fifth during his tenure and once again showed his prowess in European competition, leading the Gunners to the Europa League final. He lost against Chelsea.

Villa’s owners want the club to compete in Europe and restore it after the sacking of Steven Gerrard after less than a year.

In Emery, they have got one of Europe’s most experienced, respected and decorated managers, who will be sacked by the tough decision to correct his record after his time at Arsenal.

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