Villarreal manager Unai Emery has confirmed the rumours saying Newcastle United are very open appointing him as their new coach, ESPN reports. However, there’s a twist in the tale – Emery confirms Newcastle’s interest but denies they made an offer to him already.
After a Saudi-led consortium took over ownership of Newcastle United (the football news), their coach Steve Bruce feared a football transfer. And he was absolutely right – just days later, breaking football transfer news of Bruce cordially leaving the club emerged.
Even before this move, though, transfer rumours cited Antonio Conte as the new head coach of the new-and-improved Newcastle United.
But, as Conte just replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham Hotspur instead (football today), another candidate has risen – Unai Emery.
Emery Confirms Newcastle’s Interest but Denies They Made an Offer
To add fuel to the fire, Villareal boss Unai Emery has admitted that Newcastle United seem keen on him. But the head coach rejects rumours that they have already approached him with a contract offer.
“Newcastle have shown interest but there is no offer yet. If there was one, it would have to be via club,” he told the press.
“I am focused on Villarreal now and preparing for Sunday’s game against Getafe.
“Hypothetically, if there was an offer, I would speak with the [president] Fernando [Roig]. I would show respect to the squad and the club.
“I am not closing or opening doors – I haven’t said no to the interest.”
To recap, Newcastle bosses fired Steve Bruce following the Saudi takeover. And they are now on the lookout for a new manager now with the Basque among the potential successors.