Aston Villa F.C has announced the appointment of their new head coach, Unai Emery, following the dismissal of Steven Gerrard last week after the team suffered a disappointing 3-0 Premier League defeat against Fulham.
Emery is a former manager of Arsenal F.C. and had been in charge of Villarreal C.F, which he joined in the 2020/21 season. A buyout fee of £5.2m was paid to the Spanish club for his release and his new appointment is scheduled to take effect on November 1, once work permit formalities are completed.
A statement released by Aston Villa explained why he was the top contender for the Club’s position, “A highly experienced top level coach who has managed over 900 games, Unai has also previously managed in the Premier League during a spell with Arsenal, leading the Gunners to a Europa League final.”
Emery has achieved notable successes throughout his career in the sport. He is highly acclaimed and regarded as one of Europe’s top coaches, managing some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, and Villarreal during his 19-season managerial career.
He won three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Additionally, he achieved the Ligue 1 championship in France as well as two French Cups, two French League Cups and two Trophee des Champions.
Emery’s first match as head coach will be against Manchester United on Sunday, November 6 at the Villa Park Stadium.
On Sunday, Aston Villa F.C. displayed a spectacular performance of the season with a 4-0 win against Brentford at Villa Park. Headlining the match in the first two minutes was Jamaican forwarder, Leon Bailey.