Villarreal manager Unai Emery has confirmed that he will stay at the La Liga club and will not take over at Newcastle United.
The Spanish side held talks with Emery overnight after the Champions League victory over Young Boys and convinced him to reject the interest from the Magpies and stay at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Newcastle spoke to Emery’s representatives over the weekend and appeared to have made him their first choice to succeed the recently deceased Steve Bruce.
Formal interviews have also been held with Eddie Howe, Lucien Favre and Paulo Fonseca in recent weeks.
However, Emery ruled out in a statement on Wednesday.
“Through a lot of noise like it was yesterday in another country, inside the club there was transparency and loyalty with the Roig family and my team,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s most important to me.
“Villarreal CF is my home and I am 100% committed. Honestly, I am grateful for the interest in a fantastic club, but even more grateful to be here and that is why I informed Fernando Roig of my decision to continue to be a part of this project. “
90min understands that Villarreal held talks on Tuesday night in an attempt to convince him to stay with the Europa League winners and has been successful.
Endavant ?? !! pic.twitter.com/VLGarttstl
– Unai Emery Echegoyen (@UnaiEmery_) November 3, 2021
Villarreal president Fernando Roig did not want to lose Emery halfway through the season and fought harder to keep him than the manager thought he would do. We also understand that it was Emery’s party that started talks with the newly earned Newcastle, which left the Tyneside club in trouble as previous candidates have now backed down.
Roig recently said: “I have absolutely no idea [about any approach]. What I do know is that he has a contract with us and contracts are there to be fulfilled. I do not doubt Unai’s professionalism.
“The important thing is that fans cannot be bought. They do not go to Newcastle or Manchester United.”
Interim head coach Graeme Jones will take care of Newcastle’s trip to Brighton on Saturday night. They still hope to have a new permanent manager appointed by then.
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