Emery leaves Europa League winners Sevilla
Unai Emery was all smiles as Sevilla defeated Dnipro in the Final
In the last few minutes, Spanish side Sevilla have announced the departure of manager Unai Emery.
Emery had led the club to two consecutive Europa League wins and as a result of a newly implemented rule, assured qualification for his side in the UEFA Champions League next season. Sky Sports had reported earlier that the Spaniard had been the subject of serious interest from both West Ham United and Napoli but they have both since hired new managers, with Sky sources understanding that Emery dismissed the interest from the two sides.
Emery leaves the club in a strong position heading into the new season but the main feeling in Seville is one of disappointment that a real fan favorite has left the club. The likes of Carlos Bacca - who scored 28 goals in all competitions, netting two in the Final of the Europa League - and Vicente Iborra received much praise last season and any incoming manager will be hopeful of keeping such key players around at the club.
Emery has stated that his reason for leaving Sevilla is to take a short break from football and he has thanked the fans of the "great" club for their support in his two year stay at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
"It's been an absolute pleasure to work at such a reputable club. Sevilla have done wonders for me as a coach and I would like to think that I've improved the team in my short time here. It's true that I am taking a short break from football and I felt that resigning from this club would be the fairest option for the fans.
The fans have been excellent during my time in Seville and I am so pleased to have worked for this great club. I would like to return some time in the near future but who knows what will happen?"
It will be a challenge for any new manager to keep hold of Carlos Bacca, with interest from several of Europe's top clubs and Sky sources understand that Liverpool, who failed to qualify for the Champions League last term, have held unofficial talks with the Colombian.