Aston Villa has appointed former Arsenal and PSG Manager, Unai Emery as it’s Manager.
Unai Emery will replace Steven Gerrard who was sacked recently by the club following a poor run of form, culminating in a 3:0 Premier League defeat by Fulham.
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Emery will take over from November 1 after his work permit formalities are completed.
This means that caretaker Manager, Aaron Danks will again take charge at highflying Newcastle at the weekend. Danks masterminded a 4:0 thrashing of Brentford on Sunday.
50 year old Unai Emery has been in charge of Spanish club Villarreal since 2020, after an 18 months stint at Arsenal. He lead the team to Europa League success in the 2020-2021 season, beating Manchester United in the final.
Aston Villa paid a 6m Euros buyout fee to Villarreal, whose contract with Emery would have elapsed next summer.
In a statement, Aston Villa stated that the club was delighted to announce the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new head coach.
The statement read;
Aston Villa is delighted to announce the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new Head Coach.
Unai joins from Villarreal, whom he led to Europa League success by beating Manchester United in the final in 2021 as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.
A highly experienced top level coach who has managed over 900 games, Unai has also previously managed in the Premier League during a spell with Arsenal, leading the Gunners to a Europa League final.
He has also enjoyed notable success at Sevilla and at Paris Saint Germain. In Seville, he won three successive Europa League titles between 2013 and 2016 before going on to lift a Ligue 1 championship in France as well as two French Cups, two French League Cups and two Trophée des Champions.
Unai will take over from November 1st after his work permit formalities are completed.
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