Unai Emery has made a swift return to football management by accepting the job at Spanish LaLiga side Villarreal. The 48-year-old was sacked by Arsenal in November for their poor performances in the league and he has been linked with several jobs since he left the Gunners. On Thursday he was announced as the new Villarreal boss.
The Yellow Submarine released a statement on their official website: “Villarreal CF has reached an agreement with Unai Emery for the Basque manager to be Yellows head coach for the next three seasons. Unai Emery is a well-respected coach with vast experience in football around the world, and has managed top-level clubs such as Paris Saint-German and Arsenal FC.”
“Furthermore, he also knows La Liga perfectly, after two successful spells at Sevilla FC and Valencia CF. Emery started his sporting career at Lorca Deportiva, managing to get them promoted to Segunda Division. After his first managerial experience, he moved to UD Almeria, who he also got promoted. This time, it was to the top flight of Spanish football.”
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“In the 2007-08 season, Emery arrived at Valencia CF, the club he managed for four seasons. On the bench at Mestalla, the Basque coach finished third in La Liga on a total of three occasions, each of which saw Los Che qualify for the UEFA Champions League the following season.
“After a brief spell at Spartak Moscow, Emery returned to Spain in 2013 to take the reins at Sevilla. With the Andalusian club, he made history, winning three consecutive UEFA Europa League. In recent seasons, the Basque manager has been in charge of two top-level projects on the European stage.”
“After his successful time at Sevilla, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he added to his trophy cabinet, winning a Ligue 1, two Coupes de France, two Coupes de la Ligue and two French Super Cups. In his last role as manager, Emery took charge at Arsenal FC, with whom he was UEFA Europa League runner-up in the 2018-19 campaign.”
Villarreal finished in fifth position in LaLiga this season, meaning that they have secured a ticket for the Europa League next season. The second European tournament is a well-known competition for Emery as he won the trophy with Sevilla and lost the final with Arsenal last season against Atletico Madrid.