Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been appointed as Villarreal head coach to replace Javier Calleja, who left the club at the end of the season.
The 48-year-old Spanish football manager penned down a three-year deal with the Yellow Submarine, who finished in fifth-place in the La Liga league this season, qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League.
“Villarreal CF has reached an agreement with Unai Emery for the Basque coach to coach the yellow team for the next three seasons. Emery is a reputed coach with extensive experience in international football, who has coached international clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal FC,” read part of the statement on the club’s official website.
This is the first time Emery is returning to coaching after he was sacked by the Gunners last November following his poor performance at the Emirates Stadium.
Emery has previously worked with Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Spartak Moscow and coached local rival Villarreal, Valencia from 2008 to 2012.
Together with Sevilla, Emery successfully presented three consecutive Europa League titles from 2014 to 2016.
At Paris-Saint Germain, he won the Ligue 1 tittle, two French Cups, two League Cups and two French Super Cups.
In his last experience on the bench, Emery has coached Arsenal FC, with which he was runner-up in the UEFA Europa League last season.