Unai Emery has made his return to football, being appointed Head Coach of La Liga outfit Villarreal.
The Spaniard’s appointment at the Estadio de la Cerámica was confirmed on Thursday morning following eight months out of the game after his sacking by Arsenal in November.
He takes over a Yellow Submarine side fresh off of a fifth-placed finish in La Liga and set to return to the UEFA Europa League next season after a campaign with no European football at all. Despite that finish, boss Javier Calleja was dismissed after just 18 months in charge in his second spell at the club, allowing Emery to step into the vacant hot seat.
The club becomes Emery’s fourth in La Liga having also had prior stints with Almeria, Valencia and Sevilla. He was extremely successful with the latter, winning three consecutive UEFA Europa League titles between 2013 and 2016.
Those titles then saw him earn the managerial post at Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain where he won Ligue 1, two Coupes de France and two Coupes de la Ligue. Following his period in France, he was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal but was sacked after just over a season in charge at the Emirates despite reaching yet another Europa League final.