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Aston Villa: Unai Emery will utilise World Cup break


New Aston Villa manager Unai Emery’s opportunity to get his head around the side during the World Cup break is a “massive thing” for the club.

That is according to journalist Dean Jones, who was speaking to This is Futbol about the latest news from Villa Park.

Emery was appointed as the new Villa head coach last week, but will take the reins at the club this week once his final work visa is approved. 

He’s got a big job on his hands, with the club currently sitting in 16th place in the Premier League, having suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United last weekend.

But Jones believes that the break will give Emery the opportunity to work out the answers to a number of questions he may have ahead of taking charge at the club. 

“Who is going to be the leader of this team, once he comes through the door this week? 

“He’s got a lot of things to look at.

“What is the best way to get this group of players to apply themselves? What is their style of football?

“And what’s the ultimate aim?

“How high can Aston Villa actually aim for this season?

“They’ve got to decide all of this in a reasonably short space of time, but having the World Cup to get his head around it all, is going to be a massive thing for them.”

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TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments… 

We agree with Jones and believe that Emery’s appointment is perfect timing for the club, with the manager almost able to conduct a mini pre-season during the Premier League’s break from mid-November. 

One of the main issues for the Spaniard will be who he thinks should be his captain going forward, with John McGinn currently holding that mantle following former manager Steven Gerrard’s decision to take the armband off Tyrone Mings this summer.

Therefore, we believe that Emery will be thankful for what the impending break is likely to offer him, given the amount of issues that he needs to work through at the club in the coming weeks.

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