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Newcastle United hopes to make Unai Emery next manager

Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery is the leading candidate to take over as Newcastle head coach.

The Premier League side has been purchased by the Public Investment Fund and the new owners hope they can appoint the 49-year-old, currently in charge of Spanish side Villarreal, before Saturday's game against Brighton.

Emery has experience managing in the Premier League, having had an 18-month spell in charge of Arsenal before being sacked in November 2019.

But there is still work to be done on a deal with the Spaniard, whose contract with the La Liga club runs until 2023.

Newcastle has also held talks with former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and ex-Roma manager Paulo Fonseca.

Emery will lead Villarreal against Young Boys in their Champions League Group F fixture on Tuesday evening, and in Monday's pre-match news conference he said he did not know anything about links with Newcastle.

He won the Europa League last season, beating Manchester United on penalties in the final in May.

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