Unai Emery named new Aston Villa manager to replace Steven Gerrard and Michael Carrick named new Middlesbrough manager

Unai Emery has become the new Aston Villa manager to replace Steven Gerrard, it was announced on Monday.

Talks between Villa and the former Villarreal manager Emery began on Sunday, as the Premier League club looking for a replacement for Gerrard who was sacked after a 3-0 defeat at Fulham last Thursday.

A club statement read: "Aston Villa is delighted to announce the appointment of Unai Emery as the club's new head coach.

"A highly experienced top level coach who has managed over 900 games, Unai has also previously managed in the Premier League during a spell with Arsenal, leading the Gunners to a Europa League final.

"He has also enjoyed notable success at Sevilla and at Paris Saint Germain. In Seville, he won three successive Europa League titles between 2013 and 2016 before going on to lift a Ligue 1 championship in France as well as two French Cups, two French League Cups and two Trophee des Champions.

"Unai will take over from Nov. 1 after his work permit formalities are completed."

Emery, 50, has been in charge of Villarreal since 2020, winning the Europa League -- the LaLiga club's first ever trophy -- in his debut season and taking them to the Champions League semifinals a year later.

Emery was close to a move back to England in November 2021 when he was offered the manager's job at Newcastle United, before opting to stay at Villarreal.

Emery would be keen on returning to English football -- after spending an up-and-down 18 months at Arsenal from May 2018 to November 2019 -- and Villarreal are now making contingency plans for his possible departure.

Villa would like to conclude a deal by Tuesday at the latest, sources said.

They are 14th in the Premier League table, with 12 points from 12 games, after Gerrard's sacking was followed by a 4-0 win over Brentford on Sunday under interim boss Aaron Danks.

Emery came to prominence in Spain when he managed Almeria to promotion to LaLiga in 2007.

He coached Valencia to three consecutive third-placed finishes before a brief spell at Spartak Moscow, and then won three Europa Leagues in three years while in charge of Sevilla.

That European success led him to take over at PSG and then Arsenal, who he took to the 2019 Europa League final where they lost to Chelsea.

He secured a fifth-placed finish that season in the Premier League before being sacked following a poor start to the 2019-20 season.

He has rebuilt his reputation at Villarreal, beating Manchester United in the 2021 Europa League final and taking them to last season's Champions League semifinals, beating giants Juventus and Bayern Munich en route.

In a similar development, Manchester United legend Michael Carrick has been appointed the new manager of Middlesbrough, the English Championship club announced.

It is the first permanent job in Carrick's managerial career after working as a coach at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho after ending his playing career in 2018.

The 41-year-old will replace former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder, who was sacked by Middlesbrough earlier this month.

"I'm really excited to be here and to be part of a club with such a deep history and tradition," Carrick said.

"Middlesbrough was the first professional club I played for as a nine-year old boy, so it's a very special feeling to be back here as a head coach.

"Growing up in the north-east myself I'm fully aware of what football means to people. It's a real privilege for me to be in this position and to feel all the passion and enthusiasm you've got for the game and for Boro.

"I'll give everything to help develop the team and keep moving the club forward and make you the supporters proud."

Carrick was United's interim manager last season after the club sacked Solskjaer in November and remained unbeaten in his three matches in charge. The former England international led United to an away Champions League win at Villarreal before they drew at Chelsea and beat Arsenal in his final game at Old Trafford.

During his playing career at United, Carrick won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, two League Cups and an FA Cup.

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