Villarreal: Emery named new head coach of LaLiga club

Unai Emery, who was sacked as Arsenal boss in November, has replaced Javier Calleja at LaLiga club Villarreal.

Emery named new Villarreal head coach

Villarreal have announced the appointment of Unai Emery as their new head.

Emery signs three-year contract at Villarreal

The former Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla boss has signed a three-year deal with the club, who finished fifth in LaLiga in 2019-20.

It is Emery's first job since he was sacked by the Gunners last November following a run of just one win in nine games in all competitions.

He succeeded Arsène Wenger at Emirates Stadium in 2018 but failed to secure a return to the Champions League, losing the Europa League final 4-1 to Chelsea last year.

Emery's predecessor Calleja "hurt" over Villarreal departure

Emery has replaced Javier Calleja, who left Villarreal at the end of the league season despite leading them to a Europa League return.

"I don't t hold any grudge but I'm hurt," he told El Transistor. "Now it's the turn of Unai Emery and I hope he takes them as high as possible. 

"I'm hurt by the way this has happened. I would have done it differently."

Villarreal lost three of their final five games of the season but had previously been on a six-game unbeaten run, which propelled them back into contention for Europe.