Unai Emery has confirmed that he plans to stay with Villarreal, despite interest from Newcastle United in recent days.
Over the last few days, we’ve been through a bit of a rollercoaster with Unai Emery and the Newcastle United’s head coach job.
Seemingly without warning, reports emerged that the Newcastle board were pushing to get a deal done in time for the international break, and David Ornstein of The Athletic confirmed he was the leading contender.
Just as quickly as the news broke, sources in Spain started to report that the deal looked to be off. Emery was reportedly left feeling there was a lack of clear vision from Newcastle, and their approach was rushed.
Emery himself has since taken to social media to confirm his position.
“For all the noise there was yesterday in another country, within the club there has been transparency and loyalty with the Roig family (Villarreal’s owners), that for me is most important,” Emery said (via Sky Sports).
“Villarreal is my home and I am 100 per cent committed to the club.
“Honestly, I am grateful for the interest shown by a great club, but am also even more grateful to stay here, and I have communicated to Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue as part of this project and for the commitment and respect that I have received from the club and my players, it is mutual and reciprocated.”
Craig Hope of the Daily Mail reports that as recently as last night, Newcastle believed Emery wanted the job and expected the details to be finalised in time to meet the players on Thursday afternoon. But it’s clear they’ll now have to look elsewhere.
Previous reports from the Mail suggested Newcastle had also spoken to Howe, Paulo Fonseca, Roberto Martinez, and Lucien Favre.