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  • Updated: October 25, 2022

Unai Emery Becomes Aston Villa Coach Following Dismissal By Villarreal

Unai Emery Becomes Aston Villa Coach Following Dismissal By

Unai Emery

Spanish tactician Unai Emery has returned to England as the succeeding coach at Aston Villa to replace Steven Gerrard, the Premier League said on Monday.

Villa sacked Gerrard on Thursday after the Midlands club had collected just nine points from 11 games this season.

Aaron Danks was appointed caretaker boss and Villa beat Brentford 4-0 over the weekend in his first game in charge.

"Aston Villa is delighted to announce the appointment of Unai Emery as the club's new head coach," Villa said in a statement.

"Unai will take over from November 1st after his work permit formalities are completed."

Emery's previous job in England was to replace long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in 2018 but he lasted only 18 months at the North London club before he was sacked.

But while he failed to reverse a decline in Arsenal's fortunes, the 50-year-old has a proven track record of getting Spanish teams into the Champions League, finishing third in LaLiga three times with Valencia.

However, his biggest claim to fame is a superb record in the Europa League, lifting the trophy three times with Sevilla and once with Villarreal to hold the record for most titles won by a manager in that competition.

Under Emery, Villarreal beat his former side Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals last year before overcoming Manchester United on penalties in the final.

He led Villarreal to the Champions League semifinals earlier this year where they lost to Liverpool.

A Villarreal statement said Emery had "unilaterally terminated his contract" and would hold a farewell news conference on Tuesday.

"Emery has gone down in Villarreal history as the first coach to win a title with the club, the Europa League, as well as the historic feat of reaching the Champions League semifinals last season.

"Villarreal would like to thank Unai Emery for the work he has done and wish him the best of luck in his career."

Villarreal said the club's director of football Miguel Angel Tena would take over on an interim basis.

Emery will be joining a Villa side who are 14th in the standings with 12 points, although because of work permit regulations he will not officially take over until November 1.

The club face a tough trip to fourth-placed Newcastle United on Saturday while Emery's first time in the dugout will be against Manchester United on November 6 at Villa Park.

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