It’s been over a month since Newcastle United have had new owners and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund have already brought in changes at St James’ Park.

The Magpies’ parted ways with Steve Bruce in October and appointed Eddie Howe as his successor on November 8th. Prior to the arrival of the ex-Bournemouth coach, Newcastle were linked to various managers and among them was Unai Emery.

At the start of November, the English press insisted the Villarreal boss was the favourite to become the Tyneside club’s manager. Fernando Roig, the Yellow Submarine president, at the time made clear he expected the ex-Arsenal coach would continue at the club.

A day after Howe’s appointment was confirmed, Villarreal’s Manu Trigueros revealed that Emery was “sincere” to his players about the English club’s interest. 

Mundo Deportivo interviewed Villarreal vice-president José Manuel Llaneza and asked what Emery gives to the La Liga side.

He said: “Seriousness and work, all day at the club, and the personality of being a champion.” 

It was immediately followed up with a question about Newcastle wanting Emery.

Responding to that, José Manuel Llaneza explained: “It was a boom that came out at a time that I think was not the most appropriate.”