Aston Villa confirm Unai Emery as manager after paying €6m clause

Head coach leaves Villarreal and takes charge on 1 NovemberAston Villa keen for quick appointment after sacking GerrardAston Villa have named Unai Emery as their new manager after the Premier League club paid the Spaniard’s €6m (£5.25m) release clause at Villarreal. Villa approached Emery as they looked to make a quick appointment following the sacking of Steven Gerrard last week.Emery will take over from 1 November after his work permit formalities are completed, meaning Villa’s caretaker manager, Aaron Danks, will remain in charge for the visit to Newcastle on Saturday. Villarreal had retained hope that Emery would stay on, as he did when he turned down Newcastle’s advances last year, but the club confirmed his departure on Monday evening. Emery’s Villarreal contract had been due to expire next summer.

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