Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has made a positive impression since taking over. The Midlands outfit made the decision to sack Steven Gerrard after their poor start to the season.
They won 2-1 away at Brighton and Hove Albion in their last game before the World Cup break. Here is a look at some of the latest news and rumours coming out of the club...
Boss lands award
Emery has been honoured at the Coach Career Award at the Globe Soccer Awards. The Spaniard won the award last night at the ceremony in Dubai, as announced by the official club website. He left La Liga side for Villa Park last month and is unbeaten in his two league games.
Contract talks with Tyrone Mings and Danny Ings are ‘continuing’ behind the scenes, as detailed in a report by Birmingham Live. The pair are both out of contract at the end of the next campaign (June 2024) meaning there isn’t too much of a rush with them just yet. In terms of Ashley Young, who sees his deal run out next summer, talks will apparently develop with him over the next few months.
Midfielder tipped for success
Aston Villa swooped to sign Boubakar Kamara over the summer from Marseille. The 22-year-old managed to get a couple of matches under his belt following his injury before the current break. Emery is expecting him to be a key player and has told the Express & Star: “He is young but he has experience, having played for Marseille and he’s been very competitive. My first point of view of him is that he’s competitive and tactically, he’s a very good player. He can still improve a lot but at the beginning he’s been very positive for us.”