Unai Emery
Aston Villa

Manager Profile


Personal Details

Country of Birth
Spain Spain
Joined Club
5 November 2022
52 years 262 days
Date of Birth
Premier League Seasons
Premier League Debut Match
Manchester City (h),
12 August 2018, Lost 0 - 2

Manager Bio

Unai Emery is the head coach of Aston Villa, having been appointed on 24 October 2022.

It is the second time he has taken charge of a Premier League club, having been head coach of Arsenal from May 2018 to November 2019.

As a player, Emery spent much of his career in the lower leagues, however, he did appear five times in LaLiga for Real Sociedad during the 1995/96 season.

A knee injury in 2004 would curtail his time on the pitch and following retirement, he would take charge of Lorca Deportiva in the Spanish third division.

After promotion to the second tier and narrowly missing out on a place in LaLiga, Emery would depart in 2006 and enjoy managerial spells with Valencia, Spartak Moscow and Sevilla, winning three successive UEFA Europa League titles with the latter.

More trophies followed during his two years in France with Paris Saint-Germain, including Ligue 1 in 2017/18.

Emery took charge of Arsenal in 2018, with Arsene Wenger departing following 22 years in the dugout.

His time in north London would come to an end in November 2019 and Emery would take over at Villarreal in 2020, winning the Europa League again, this time with a penalty shootout victory over Manchester United.

He returned to the Premier League in October 2022, replacing Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa, who were 16th at the time.

Emery impressively led the club to a seventh-place finish and qualification for the UEFA Europa Conference League.

His first full season in 2023/24 was even more of a triumph as Villa secured a fourth-place finish, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time. They also reached the Europa Conference League semi-finals, bowing out to eventual winners Olympiacos.

Emery signed a new five-year contract at Villa Park on 27 May 2024, extending his deal with the club until 2029.

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