Ex-Arsenal boss set for LaLiga job


Unai Emery is set for a return to management with LaLiga side Villarreal after his ill-fated spell in the Premier League with Arsenal.

The three-time UEFA Europa League winning coach was handed the task to succeed club legend Arsene Wenger at the Emirates but lasted just one year and six months in the job.

Mikel Arteta subsequently succeeded his compatriot in December last year, while Emery has bided his time awaiting his next role after previously enjoying trophy-laden stints with Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

Emery won ten major titles with the two club's but was unable to spark the revival of the Gunners, with his first season ending outside the top-four in the Engish top-flight and losing to Chelsea in the Europa League final.

Spanish news outlets Marca and AS have both revealed that Emery has now signed a pre-contractual agreement to replace Javi Calleja at the Yellow Submarine ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Speaking after the 4-0 win over Eibar on the final day of the LaLiga season, Calleja, who's led the Spanish side to a fifth-place finish was diplomatic about the speculation surrounding his job.

"I don't know about my future, I have a clear conscience because I've done everything I could to get the best from my team and we have done that so I can hold my head up high," he said.

"First of all the club has to speak to me. I have a contract and when they do that they will either confirm this or they will have to deny it.

"I have a contract and others should speak about this. The club has told me that they were thinking about it this weekend and will speak to me later after everything that has come out in the media."

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