Villarreal will ‘put up a fight’ to prevent Unai Emery being lured to Newcastle United, according to The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder.
Newcastle World journalist Liam Kennedy tweeted on Tuesday that the Magpies were hopeful of appointing the Spaniard as Steve Bruce’s replacement before the weekend’s trip to Brighton.
Emery has been in charge of the Yellow Submarine for just over 15 months. Last season, he steered them to their first major trophy with a Europa League final victory over Manchester United. They only finished seventh in La Liga, but their win in Gdansk was enough to qualify for the Champions League.
A total of two wins in their first 11 league games of 2021/22 sees them lingering in 13th place, but they are in the top two in their Champions League group.
Having only joined Villarreal in 2020, Ryder points out that Emery is still under contract at the Estadio de la Ceramica for another three years.
‘That would be the snag’ for Newcastle, he tweeted, with a £6m buyout apparently needed, and Villarreal will do whatever they can to resist any overtures from the Magpies after Emery’s historic achievement.
It’s hard to imagine a seven-figure buyout fee proving a significant stumbling block for Newcastle, who are now one of the richest clubs in the world, but Ryder’s tweet does suggest this appointment isn’t a foregone conclusion just yet.
Villarreal are looking past their lowly league position – they’ve only lost three times, with their six draws holding them back – and recognising that Emery is a top coach, as evidenced by his four Europa League triumphs.
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