November 03, 2021

Emery “Happy in Villarreal” Amid Newcastle Interest

Villarreal CF manager, Unai Emery, is not interested in assuming the mantle of Newcastle United’s coach.

Two weeks ago, coach Steve Bruce mutually parted ways from the club soon after it was sold to a Saudi Arabian consortium for a reported £305 million. Graeme Jones is temporarily holding the reins until a manager is appointed.

During an interview with a Spanish TV outlet on Tuesday, 2 November, Emery – who previously managed Arsenal – confirmed that Newcastle “manifested an interest” in his coaching services. Although a formal offer has yet to be made, he would likely turn it down.

He explained: “I’m happy and concentrated in Villarreal and there is no reason today for me to say that I’m leaving. If an offer arrives, before saying yes or no, I would talk to [Villarreal]. After consulting them, if a decision was made, I could go in any direction as long as some requisites are fulfilled.”

Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, largely agreed with Emery’s remarks, given that he must fulfill the obligations of his current contract, although he predicts that he may make the jump “next year when [Newcastle’s] structure is clearer and the vision more defined.”

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