Newcastle’s new manager, Unai Emery, is close to returning to the Premier League after the club’s Saudi Arabian-led owners chose the Villarreal coach as their first choice to succeed Steve Bruce.
Despite the fact that discussions over Emery’s proposed wage are still underway, there is cautious hope at St James’ Park that the former Sevilla, Arsenal, and Paris Saint-Germain coach will be available for Saturday’s match against Brighton.
The Spaniard not only won the Europa League with Villarreal last season after defeating Manchester United on penalties in the final, but also with Sevilla from 2014 to 2016.
Following Villarreal’s 2-0 win against Young Boys, Emery said: “The only thing that is true is that I have been told of their [Newcastle’s] interest and I pretty much don’t have more news than that. There is no offer, which in any case would have to come via the club. So there’s no more beyond that [which would make] me say I’m going.” He added: “I do not open or close the door. I am waiting and I would talk to Fernando [Roig, the Villarreal president] and the club, for whom I have respect. My dedication is where I am.”
source : guardian sport