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Unai Emery to stay at Villareal despite approach from Newcastle United

VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 30: Unai Emery coach of Villareal FC in the bench prior the LaLiga Santander match between Valencia CF and Villarreal CF at Estadio Mestalla on October 30, 2021 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
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Villareal manager Unai Emery has turned down the opportunity to take charge of Newcastle United following talks with the club. Emery had reservations about joining the club even though he was Newcastle’s no.1 choice to take over following the sacking of Steve Bruce in October.

In a statement released on Twitter. Emery said he wants to show Villareal the respect they have shown to him after committing to the club.

“For all the noise there was yesterday in another country. Within the club there has been transparency and loyalty with the Roig family. That for me is most important. Villarreal is my home and I am 100 per cent committed to the club.”

Unai Emery

The former Arsenal manager was grateful for Newcastle’s interest in him. But admitted that he was keen to remain part of the Villareal project, which began in 2020.

“Honestly, I am grateful for the interest shown by a great club. But am also even more grateful to stay here. I have communicated to Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue as part of this project. And for the commitment and respect that I have received from the club and my players. It is mutual and reciprocated.”

Unai Emery

The 50-year-old ended his statement with a shout-out to the Villareal fans and hierarchy.

“I also want to show gratitude for the love and support that is shown to me. This Sunday, we have a very important game. I hope that, together, we can achieve victory. We will see you in the Estadio Ceramica.”

Unai Emery

Who is next after Unai Emery?

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez and former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe are on Newcastle’s list of potential candidates. However, having won 11 major honors during his managerial career, Emery was the clear favorite. Despite their Saudi-led takeover, the club appears set for a relegation scrap in 2021/22. They may need to lower their expectations and bring in a manager to keep them in the Premier League. A top manager will not join the club until they are at least a stable mid-table side.

Newcastle United currently sits second from bottom in the Premier League. Having failed to register a win from their opening 10 league games (4 draws & 6 defeats). Interim manager Graeme Jones looks set to remain in charge for Saturday’s game against Brighton. But the club needs to start winning games and must appoint a manager sooner rather than later.

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