Unai Emery Replaced Steven Gerrard As Aston Villa Head Coach

Aston Villa have replaced Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard with former Arsenal manager Unai Emery as new head coach.

Steven Gerrard was sacked last week just hours after Villa’s 3-0 loss at Fulham, being dismissed before taking the team bus back to the Midlands.

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was understood to be the club’s first-choice target before his lack of interest become apparent.

 

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Villa moved quickly to lure Emery – who has impressed at Villarreal – back to the Premier League.

Emery rejected Newcastle last season. He will begin work on November 1.

Emery was due to be out of contract with Villarreal at the end of this season and Villa will reportedly pay a buy-out fee to the LaLiga club of around £5million.

Villarreal said Emery would hold a farewell press conference at the club’s training ground on Tuesday.

Emery said it had been a “perfect” journey with Villarreal, but he had made a “difficult” decision to seek a new challenge.

Emery:

“For the past few days I have been thinking carefully and feeling what my decision should be.”

“Farewell is hard and difficult, but my feeling and my reflection is that I must start a new project.”

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