'Aston Villa have one of the best coaches in the world': Unai Emery's former captain heaps high praise on Spaniard

Unai Emery head coach of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on April 15, 2023 in Birmingham, England.
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Aston Villa are a club transformed in the past 12 months, with Unai Emery replacing Steven Gerrard in the dugout at Villa Park a huge part of that. 

Taking over a side devoid of confidence and one which looked destined for a relegation battle, Emery quickly turned Aston Villa's fortunes around, eventually leading them to Europa Conference League qualification. 

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.

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