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Aston Villa appoint Unai Emery as head coach


Unai Emery has replaced Steven Gerrard as the manager of Aston Villa, who was dismissed.

Emery, a former manager of both Arsenal and Villarreal in Spain, will take over at Villa on November 1.

Villarreal received a £5.2 million buyout price from Villa from the 50-year-old.

After Steven Gerrard was fired last week after Newcastle’s 3-0 Premier League loss to Fulham, interim manager Aaron Danks will take over at Newcastle again this weekend.

Emery, whose contract at Villarreal would have expired next summer, will start working the following week “once his work permit requirements are finished,” according to Villa.

They also said, “Unai Emery has been named as the new head coach of Aston Villa, and the club is excited to make the announcement.

“Unai is a very skilled top-level coach with over 900 games under his belt. During a previous stint with Arsenal, he coached in the Premier League and took the Gunners to the Europa League final.

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“Additionally, he has had a great deal of success with Sevilla and Paris St. Germain. He won the Europa League three times in a row in Seville between 2013 and 2016, and then he won the Ligue 1 championship, two French Cups, two French League Cups, and two Trophees des Champions in France.”

After moving to Villarreal in 2020, Emery helped them win the Europa League in 2020–21, defeating Manchester United in the championship game.

Under Emery, the Spanish team also advanced to the semifinals of the Champions League the previous season before falling to Liverpool 5-2 on aggregate.

Emery was fired from his position as manager of Arsenal in November 2019 after barely 18 months in charge due to the Gunners’ worst seven-game losing streak since February 1992. Emery was then appointed to lead Villarreal.

He led Arsenal to the Europa League final while in north London, where Chelsea defeated them in 2019.

Villa defeated Brentford 4-0 on Sunday, their third victory in as many Premier League games, and under interim manager Danks, they moved up to 14th place, three points above the relegation zone.

The club has also spoken with Ruben Amorin’s Sporting Lisbon agents.


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