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Unai Emery confirmed as new Villarreal head coach

The former Arsenal boss replaces the outgoing Javier Calleja, who left the Yellow Submarine last week

12:15pm on Thursday 23rd July 2020
Martin Macdonald

Unai Emery has been announced as the new head coach of Villarreal.

On Thursday, the Spanish Primera Division club confirmed the news after days of speculation that the 48-year-old would be recruited for next season after Villarreal parted company with Javier Calleja, who was sacked after the club finished fifth in La Liga and missed out in qualification for the Champions League.

Emery had been without a club since November of 2019 after he was sacked by Arsenal following a series of poor results, with Mikael Arteta eventually coming in as his replacement.

The Spaniard enjoys an impressive pedigree within the game, having led Sevilla to multiple Europa League titles as well as winning the domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain in France.

It was Emery’s failures in the Champions League which ultimately saw him not continue with PSG, most notably the infamous night at Camp Nou when the Ligue 1 side lost 6-1 away at Barcelona, eventually being knocked out after a last-minute goal by Sergi Roberto.

He enjoyed minor success in Europe with Arsenal as he guided them to the Europa League final in 2019, when they lost 4-1 against London rivals, Chelsea.

Villarreal will be the fifth side that Emery has managed in Spain, as as well as the aforementioned tenure with Sevilla he was also previously in charge of Lorca Deportiva, Almeria, and Valencia.

He will be presented to the media this coming Monday.

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