Unai Emery: Villarreal sack Javi Calleja, confirms ex-Arsenal boss as new manager

Unai Emery: Villarreal sack Javi Calleja, confirms ex-Arsenal boss as new manager

- Unai Emery has finally been officially announced as the new manager of Villarreal

- Former coach Javi Calleja was sacked despite finishing in the Europa League spot

- Emery has been unemployed since he was relieved of his duties as Arsenal manager

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Unai Emery has officially been announced as the new manager of La Liga club Villarreal.

The Yellow submarines in an official statement confirmed that former boss Javi Calleja was relieved of his duties despite having an impressive 2019-20 season.

Villarreal finished in an impressive fifth position at the end of the campaign, booking their place in next season's Europa League.

Unai Emery: Villarreal sack Javi Calleja confirms ex-Arsenal boss as new coach
Unai Emery: Villarreal sack Javi Calleja confirms ex-Arsenal boss as new coach. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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And Calleja was quick not to talk about his future after the season ended: "I do not talk about my future.

"What happens will be decided by the club. I have a good relationship with the club, and I am grateful for the opportunity Villarreal have given me.

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"I will continue to work hard for Villarreal, and let others make the decisions."

However, the club have now hired former Valencia and Sevilla boss Emery to execute Villarreal's campaign for the next three seasons.

Emery has been out of job since November 2019 when he sacked as Arsenal manager, just less than two seasons after taking over from legendary manager Arsene Wenger.

The 48-year-old has a pedigree in Europe's elite competitions winning the Europa League with Sevilla in three consecutive seasons including 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively.

In his two seasons in charge of French club Paris Saint-Germain, he won the Ligue 1 twice and the Cup on double occasions.

Emery also led Arsenal to the 2018-19 Europa League finals but lost out to Premier League rivals Chelsea by 4-1.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Unai Emery has agreed to become the new manager of La Liga side Villarreal after many months without a job.

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Present boss of the Yellow Submarines Javier Alberola helped the club finish in fifth place on the table and qualify for next season's Europa League tournament.

Villarreal thrashed Eibar 4-0 in their final game of the season and Alberola was asked if he would continue to lead the side in the future.

Legit.ng also reported that Santi Cazorla has joined Qatari side Al Sadd after a successful second spell with la Liga club Villarreal.

The Spanish midfielder turn down a new contract offered by the Yellow Submarines and ended up going to the Middle East to play for a side managed by his former teammate Xavi.

And the 35-year-old veteran has signed a deal With the Doha based club and AL add were quick to confirm it on Twitter: "Welcome to our club Santi."

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