Aston Villa Hands Former Arsenal Manager Emery Four-and-Half Year Deal

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Premier League side Aston Villa have handed new manager Unai Emery the longest managerial contract in the club’s history following his arrival from La Liga giants Villarreal.

Emery has had an experience in England as he was Arsene Wenger’s replacement when the legendary coach retired in May 2018.

The four-time Europa League winning coach, thrice with Sevilla and once as boss of Villarreal in 2021 when they beat Manchester United was in charge of the Gunners and took them all the way to the final of the Europa League in 2019 but was sacked for a spate of bad results after 18 months in charge.

Emery’s deal at the Birmingham-based side will see him take charge of the club on a four-and-a-half contract eclipsing three-and-a-half-year contract handed to Steven Gerrard.

The Spaniard is yet to officially start the job yet as he awaits his work visa after agreeing to a bumper pay package said to be worth £7m a year.

The compensation fee paid to the Yellow Submarine was reportedly £5.2m. He has since been replaced by former Barcelona coach Quique Santien.

Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.


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