Aston Villa appoint Emery as new head coach

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Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Villarreal manager Unai Emery as their new head coach.

The Spaniard will take over on November 1 once his work permit formalities are complete, replacing the sacked Steven Gerrard.

Emery, no stranger to the English top flight, managed Arsenal from 2018 to 2019.

After his departure from the Gunners, Emery joined Villarreal in 2020 and enjoyed a successful first season in charge, leading the side to Europa League glory.

He built on that success by reaching the Champions League semi-final in the following campaign.

Announcing the 50-year-old’s departure, Villarreal issued a statement saying: “Villarreal CF would like to thank Unai Emery for the work he has done and wishes him the best of luck in his career.”

Prior to his time in England, Emery managed Sevilla, where he won the Europa League three times.

He then went on to join Paris Saint-Germain, winning Ligue 1 in 2017-18, as well as two French Cups and two French Super Cups.

Emery takes over a Villa side that currently sit three points above the relegation zone after their 4-0 victory against Brentford on Sunday.

— Ferdinand A Baah