Villarreal named their new manager about 24 hours after losing Unai Emery to Aston Villa. Into his place steps former Las Palmas, Real Betis, and Barcelona coach Quique Setien.
The Yellow Submarine had been working on a replacement since Friday after Emery informed Villarreal that he would decide on Monday about his future. As it transpired, Emery left.
The former Barcelona manager, 64, has not worked since the Catalan giants sacked him in August 2020 following a humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.
Setien has penned a contract until the end of the 2023-24 season and will take charge of his first game on Thursday night when Villarreal faces Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Conference League.
Seemingly Mauricio Pochettino was approached, and he declined the chance. However, Quique Setien was dubbed the frontrunner and has agreed to a deal that will last him until the end of the 2023-24 season.
Before that, Setien had garnered a reputation for attractive and successful football at Las Palmas and Real Betis. Later, he took to the Europa League and managed a famous victory over Milan at San Siro.
His main task will be to improve Villarreal’s La Liga form. The Yellow Submarine picked up their first win since the 4th of September last weekend and are supposed to be mounting a top-four challenge. Currently, they find themselves in seventh, four points adrift of Real Sociedad in fourth.
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