Setien lands Villarreal job following Emery exit

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The Premier League club appointed Villarreal's 2021 Europa League-winning coach on Monday after sacking Steven Gerrard, but the Yellow Submarine have moved quickly to secure a successor.

A statement released on Villarreal's website on Wednesday confirmed Setien had signed a contract to run until the end of the 2023-2024 season.

Setien built a reputation for favouring an attractive, possession-based style during a two-year spell with Real Betis, but has not coached since enduring an ill-fated stint at Camp Nou during the 2019-2020 campaign.

Setien's final game at Barca was their historic 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals in August 2020, while the Blaugrana also finished five points adrift of Real Madrid at the LaLiga summit that season.

Villarreal sits seventh in LaLiga after winning five of its 11 games this term, and Setien's first game at the helm will be Friday's (AEDT) Europa Conference League meeting with Hapoel Be'er Sheva.