Aston Villa Appoints Former Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery as New Head Coach

Unai Emery

Former Arsenal, Villareal, and PSG Manager, Unai Emery, replace the Aston Villa coach, Steven Gerrard following his poor track record as team leader.

Steven Gerrard, former Liverpool captain, lost his job as Aston Villa manager following a poor run of form leading up to his last game, a 3-0 loss against Fulham on Thursday.

On Monday, Aston Villa paid the £5.25m ($5,919,585) release clause for New Head Coach Unai Emery. He is expected to hold a press conference at Villareal on Tuesday, said a club statement.

Unai Emery will take over on November 1, once his work permits are in order, and will therefore miss Aston Villa’s away fixture against Newcastle on Saturday.

In a statement, Aston Villa has expressed delight in closing the deal with the former Sevilla Manager.

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Unai Emery brings experience working with the ‘underdogs’ coming into his new managerial position. In 2021, he led his immediate former club, Villareal, to success in the Europa League beating Manchester United in the final. Last season, however, Villareal lost 5-2 on aggregate to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Ambitious Villa the Perfect Comeback For Unai Emery

New Aston Villa Head Coach Unai Emery at Villareal (Courtesy:GETTY)
New Aston Villa Head Coach Unai Emery at Villareal (Courtesy: GETTY)

In 2019 Unai Emery led Arsenal to the Europa League final, losing 4-1 to Chelsea.

Emery was then sacked by Arsenal in November 2019, just 18 months into the job. This was after the Gunner’s worst run of form since February 1992, failing to win in seven games.

The new Aston Villa Head Coach inherits a squad of ‘big hitters’ brought in by the former manager, Gerrard. They include Philippe Coutinho, Leander Dendoncker, Boubacar Kamara, Diego Carlos, and Robin Olsen.

Aston Villa recorded only their third win this season, on Sunday, under caretaker manager Aaron Danks. An emphatic 4-0 win that brings them up to 15th on the log with 12 points.

The opportunity for Unai Emery to prove his critics wrong couldn’t have arrived at a better moment.

Read Also: Steven Gerrard Sacked After Heavy Defeat

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