Aston Villa appoints Unai Emery as head coach

Following the departure of Steven Gerrard last Thursday, Aston Villa appointed former Arsenal and current Villarreal manager Unai Emery as the club’s new manager on Monday, effective November 1.

Emery had been at Villarreal since July 2020, eight months after leaving Arsenal and being replaced by Mikel Arteta. Since returning to Spain, Emery has added yet another Europa League trophy to his list of honours, having defeated Manchester United on penalties in the 2022-21 final in Gdansk, Poland.

According to the club, Unai Emery is expected to take up the post on November 1, following the completion of work permit formalities.

Aston Villa are 14th (12 points) in the Premier League after 12 games. Gerrard was sacked after a 3-0 loss to newly promoted Fulham. With assistant coach Aaron Danks installed as caretaker manager for Sunday’s game against Brentford, Aston Villa won 4-0 with three goals in the first 15 minutes. It was only the second time all season that Aston Villa had scored multiple goals in one game (and the first since the second round on 13 August).

Danks will remain in charge of Saturday’s showdown with 5th-placed Newcastle at St. Jame’s Park, before Emery regains full control of the first team ahead of his debut on 6 November at home to Manchester United.


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