Aston Villa appoints former Arsenal manager Unai Emery as their new manager

Aston Villa have appointed former Arsenal manager Unai Emery as the club’s new manager.

The 50-year-old Spaniard succeeds Steven Gerrard, sacked after Villa’s 3-0 Premier League defeat to Fulham last week.

Villa said Emery, who will join them from Villarreal, will take over on November 1 after the work permit formalities are completed.

It will be Emery’s second Premier League bout having managed Arsenal for 18 months before being sent off after a seven-game losing streak.

Emery was supposed to have expired his contract with Villarreal at the end of this season.

It is reported that Villa will pay a ransom fee to the LaLiga club of around £ 5 million.

Villa responded to Gerrard’s dismissal by beating Brentford 4-0 on Sunday.

In a statement, Villa said: “Aston Villa are delighted to announce the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new manager.

Unai comes from Villarreal, who led to success in the Europa League by beating Manchester United in the final in 2021, as well as the Champions League semi-finals last season.

“A highly experienced senior manager who has managed over 900 games, Unai was also formerly a Premier League manager during a spell with Arsenal, leading the Gunners to a Europa League final.

Danny Ings (left) celebrates Aston Villa’s second goal in 4-0 win over Brentford (Barrington Coombs / PA)

“He has also achieved remarkable successes at Sevilla and Paris Saint Germain.

“In Seville, he won three consecutive Europa Leagues between 2013 and 2016 before lifting a Ligue 1 championship in France, as well as two French Cups, two French League Cups and two Trophée des Champions.

“Unai will take over from November 1 after her work permit formalities are completed.”

Villarreal said Emery will hold a farewell press conference at the club’s training ground on Tuesday.

“Manager Unai Emery has informed Villareal CF of his unilateral decision to terminate his contract with the club,” the Spanish side said in a statement.

“Emery made Villarreal CF history by becoming the first manager to win a title with the club, the UEFA Europa League, as well as the historic milestone of reaching the Champions League semi-finals last year.

“Villarreal CF would like to thank Unai Emery for his work and wish him good luck in his career.”

Emery said it had been a “perfect” trip with Villarreal, but he had made the “difficult” decision to look for a new challenge.

“For the past few days, I’ve been thinking carefully and hearing what my decision should be,” Emery tweeted.

“The farewell is hard and difficult, but my feeling and my reflection is that I have to start a new project”.

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