Newcastle United have suffered another blow in their managerial chase after it emerged Unai Emery will reject their proposal to become the new boss.
The Magpies sacked Steve Bruce last month following the completion of a takeover by the Saudi Arabian PIF from Mike Ashley a few weeks prior.
An appointment was expected to be made by this point, but the club wanted to ensure that they made the right choice when trying to take steps to stay in the Premier League and also plan a long-term project.
After being linked with the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, the club had now settled on former Sevilla and Arsenal manager Unai Emery to take the reigns and it was believed there was positivity around a deal happening.
But after overseeing Villarreal’s win over Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Spanish press have reported that he has taken the decision to reject their offer and ultimately stay with the La Liga side.
Emery was in charge of Sevilla when they wont a hat-trick of Europa League trophies, and oversaw a domestic treble during his time as manager of Paris Saint-Germain too.
Most recently Emery made the final of the Europa League as Arsenal manager before then winning the tournament with Villarreal against Manchester United last season.
A vastly experienced coach with a clear vision for how he wants to play, Emery seemed a very sensible choice for the role where he will have money to spend on new players and also be given time to oversee his project.
Newcastle were willing to pay £5m in compensation to Villarreal and agree to his financial demands, but it now seems that the deal is dead in the water.
Eddie Howe was also in the picture for the role as a backup to Emery and it now seems as though he will become the first-choice option to be in charge against Brighton this weekend.