What Everton fans could expect from Unai Emery at Goodison Park

Sevilla coach Unai Emery during training

Unai Emery has been placed as the bookies' favourite to take over at Everton this summer and here is what the fans can expect from the Spaniard at Goodison Park if indeed he is appointed.

Sevilla manager Unai Emery before the match

Managerial Career

As a player, Emery did not enjoy too much success and having featured a meagre five times for Real Sociedad, the former midfielder mostly spent his career in the lower reaches of Spanish football, playing for the likes of Toledo, Racing Ferrol, Leganes and Lorca Deportiva.

At the age of 32, Emery was forced to retire from his unremarkable playing career due to injury while at Lorca Deportiva but it proved to be a blessing in disguise as the club decided to give him his first shot at management in 2004.

The decision was certainly a leap of faith by the club on a man who did not have any prior managerial experience but it more than paid off as the rookie Emery guided Lorca to the second division for the first time in the club’s history.

Emery’s meteoric rise continued after he moved to Almeria in 2006, as he led the club to their first ever promotion into La Liga before helping the Andalusia based side to an impressive 8th placed finish in the top flight the following season.

In the space of just four years, Emery had become one of the most sought after managers and giants Valencia came calling for his services in 2008. At Valencia, Emery had to deal with the loss of his star players year after year but despite this fact, he continually delivered Champions League football during his stay at the Mestalla.

An ill fated season at Spartak Moscow followed before Emery made a move back to Spain in 2013 with Sevilla and he managed to win his first silverware as manager, guiding the Andalusians to the Europa League title.

The following two seasons would see Emery lead Sevilla to two more Europa League titles, the most recent one coming with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool last season, and now the 44-year-old could be set for a new adventure in his career with Everton.


Sevilla coach Unai Emery and President Jose Castro Carmona celebrate after the game

Emery is known to be an extremely meticulous manager and is believed to study the opponents for up to 10 hours before a game, with his players also being demanded the same dedication.

In terms of formation, Emery likes to deploy the 4-2-3-1 system and usually wants his team to remain pragmatic when off the ball – with the two holding players playing a key role.

That being said, the Spaniard is very flexible with his formation as well as personnel and has no reservations about adapting according to the opponent every week.

On the offensive side of things, he likes his side to hit teams on the break and needs his wingers to be quick while midfielders to be very judicious with the ball.

Why he is perfectly suited for Everton

Everton fans at the end of the match

On paper, Emery and Everton look like a match made in heaven. Due to the presence of the likes of quick wingers such as Aaron Lennon, Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu (with whom he admittedly did not get along at Sevilla) as well as quality holding midfielders such as James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Muhamed Besic, Emery will not have too many problems implementing his preferred tactics with the current crop of Toffees’ stars.

In addition, Everton already possess a quality goalscorer in Romelu Lukaku and one can be sure that the arrival of Emery will also attract a number of high profile names to Goodison Park.

Everton perhaps possess one of the best young squads in the Premier League but the problem under Roberto Martinez was the fact that he could not get the best out of them.

Everton's John Stones

Emery is a master man manager and motivator and it is very likely that he can maximize the potential of the likes of Ross Barkley, John Stones and Romelu Lukaku, similarly how he did with David Silva, Juan Mata and David Villa among others.

The 44-year-old has usually been working under financial constraints throughout his managerial career and he surely knows how to spot a good value player, which would be ideal for Everton even though the club has been acquired by the wealthy Farhad Moshiri.

Most importantly though, Emery has proven that he can win silverware during his time at Sevilla and with Everton having failed to win anything of note for over two decades, the passionate supporters of the blue half of Merseyside would certainly love a man like him on the helm.

To conclude, Everton and Emery look like a match made in heaven and the Toffees should spare no expense in their attempt to recruit the services of the Spaniard serial winner.

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