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Unai Emery takes over at Villareal

Villarreal, Spain, Jul 23 (efe-epa).- Spanish LaLiga club Villareal on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as head coach.

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal boss penned a three season contract with the Yellow Submarine.

The club said in a statement: “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.

“Furthermore, he also knows LaLiga perfectly, after two successful spells at Sevilla FC and Valencia CF.”

His presentation at Villareal is due to be held Monday.

The deal was done at the end of February, just before the Covid-19 pandemic forced Spain and LaLiga into a lockdown. At that point, Villareal were struggling in the top-flight.

Outgoing manager Javi Calleja managed to turn things around following the forced hiatus to Spanish football and achieved the club’s main goal of finishing in a European spot in LaLiga.

Villareal managed to nab 5th place, securing Europa League football next season.

Despite his success, the club felt a change was needed. Calleja has managed Villareal for the last three seasons.

Emery comes with bags of LaLiga experience, some 323 games in all following stints with UD Almería, Valencia, and Sevilla. As a manager in Spain he’s secured 154 victories, 74 draws and has lost a total of 95 games.

He managed Arsenal for 51 games in the Premier League and PSG for 76 in Ligue 1.

Villareal said: “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.”

Emery was born in Hondarribia in the Spanish Basque region in 1971.EFE-EPA

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