Unai Emery named Aston Villa head coach

Aston Villa announced the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new head coach on Monday.

The former Arsenal boss arrives from Villareal, where he won the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League title and guided the side to consecutive seventh-place finishes.

Prior to managing Arsenal from May 2018 to November 2019, Emery spent two seasons as head coach of Paris Saint-Germain. With PSG, he claimed the Ligue 1 title in 2017/18 and the Coupe de France in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Emery won three-consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla from 2013 to 2016 and brings a wealth of experience on the European stage to Birmingham.

Rumblings of Emery’s agreement with Villa intensified on Monday morning and before long it was confirmed that the Spaniard would join the side. He’ll replace Steven Gerrard, who was fired on Thursday evening. 

Emery is expected to take over on November 1, leaving caretaker manager Aaron Danks in charge of the first team for this weekend’s Premier League fixture at Newcastle.

Danks led Villa to a 4-0 win over Brentford on Sunday.

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