‘I honestly believe’ - Aston Villa legend already dreaming of European success under Unai Emery

Former Villans winger Tony Daley has shared some real optimism around the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new manager.
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Aston Villa legend Tony Daley believes Unai Emery is the man to return the glory days to the club but under one key condition. The former Villans winger, who was part of a side that shocked Inter Milan in the UEFA Cup 20 years ago, is very optimistic about the Lions’ future.

After Emery was appointed as the new Villa boss, taking over from Steven Gerrard in the dugout, many have shared their opinions on his chances of success. Darren Bent, another ex-Villa man, said he was excited about it - meanwhile, talkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist was more worried about Emery’s snubbing of Newcastle United.

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Daley very much falls on the optimistic side of the debate. “Emery is inheriting a talented squad and I’m sure the Villa faithful will be fully behind him for day one. We need to give him time, but I honestly believe he can bring success to Villa Park,” the 55-year-old said.

Emery has won a record four Europa League titles throughout his career and has already managed in the Premier League before with Arsenal. He’s also had experience coaching across three of Europe’s so-called top five leagues, including a spell at Paris Saint-Germain.

“European qualification should definitely be the target for a club the size of Villa,” Daley continued. “Villa Park is absolutely rocking on European nights and it’s been far too long since we’ve been able to experience them.”

No stranger to European football himself, Daley has a lot of faith in the new manager - even with the Lions currently struggling in 15th place in the league table. A win this weekend against Newcastle United could soon change that but Emery has his work cut out if Villa are to make it anywhere near the top six this time around.

But with patience and trust, it could be a possibility - especially with the quality already in the squad and Emery’s pull for more incomings. For now, though, Villa must focus game by game.

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