Aston Villa have announced the appointment of former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, but Ally McCoist has a question for the Spanish manager.
Emery boasts a wealth of experience and is a welcomed addition back to the Premier League. The 50-year-old is a four time Europe League winner with Sevilla and Villarreal.
His CV speaks for itself as he has also enjoyed success with the likes of PSG and Valencia.
Following the departure of Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa knew that they needed to get his replacement lined up as quickly as possible.
McCoist has shared his thoughts on the appointment, but he has questioned why he turned the Newcastle job down last year.
The pundit told talkSPORT: “There’s no doubt he’s an excellent coach, am I right in saying he got Villarreal to their first ever Champions League semi-final?
“The other thing that will be very, very positive, he will be starving to do well after the disappointment at Arsenal.
“Interesting one though, why would he not back Newcastle and go to Villa?”
Emery was understood to have been one of the leading candidates to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle back in October last year.
The Spanish manager was the Villarreal manager, who were a Champions League club at the time. Emery guided them all the way to the Champions League semi-final, where they were ultimately beaten by Liverpool.
Perhaps Emery now feels that he has taken Villarreal as far as he can and he is ready for a fresh opportunity.
McCoist added: “That’s something that kind of resonates with me as a kind of strange one, because from where I’m sitting you would think the project at Newcastle would be more attractive than the project at Villa.
“Now, Villa fans might be saying straight away, ‘don’t talk nonsense’, but the fact that he’d been guaranteed the finances to build the whole thing at Newcastle, I just felt might have been more attractive.
“What’s made Villa more attractive than Newcastle, that would be my first question.”
Aston Villa will face Newcastle this weekend and so Emery will get the chance to weigh up both sides. Villa have three Premier League games remaining until the winter break for the World Cup.
They currently sit 15th in the table and are three points above the relegation zone as things stand.
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