Unai Emery, the former Arsenal manager has a new gig. He’s signed on for three year as the new head honcho of Villarreal. his comes after Javier Calleja left the club earlier this week. Emery has been kicking his heels since last November, when he parted ways with the London club. Before that he actually led Villarreal’s rivals, Valencia into the Champions League.
We’re sure that he’s glad to be back on Spanish soil. Previously he’s enjoyed success with Sevilla, winning the Europa League three years in succession before moving to Paris St Germain in 2016. He began his management career with 3rd division Lorca, whom he led to promotion. Then he took Almeria to Primera Division. Then onto Valencia to 3 placed finishes. In 2013, he helmed Sevilla, before moving on to a brief stint at Spartak Moscow.
After successes in the Europa League in 2014 – 2016, he won Ligue 1 and the French Cup with PSG. In 2018 he joined Arsenal after Arsene Wenger. Though he led the Gunners to the 2019 Europa League Final, it just wasn’t enough and the club fired him after just 18 months as manager.
A statement from Villarreal said: “Villarreal has reached an agreement with Unai Emery for the Basque coach to lead the Yellows for the next three seasons. Unai Emery is a reputed coach with significant experience in international football.”
The club has had a great season in spite of the Covid-19 stoppage. They managed to win 7 of their last 11 matches. In so doing they were able to secure a 5th place in La Liga and a European League qualification. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to keep Calleja in a job at the Estadio de la Ceramica.