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Too good to turn down
Unai Emery says the opportunity to become Aston Villa's new manager was too good to pass up.
The former Arsenal boss will officially start work at Villa Park on November 1, taking over from Steven Gerrard having left his position at LaLiga outfit Villarreal.
Emery, 50, spent more than two years with the Yellow Submarine, winning the Europa League in 2021, but admits the opportunity to manage the Premier League club was one he had to take.
He told a press conference in Spain: "Here I have felt something of heart again, but the profession is within me.
"This one, I have considered that I had to take it, as a sports challenge, as a different project.
"It is a personal and professional decision. I left home at the age of 24 and opened myself up to the professional world of football with all the consequences."
Emery joins with Villa 15th in the Premier League after ex-Rangers boss Gerrard was relieved of his duties last week.
Caretaker Aaron Danks guided the Villans to a morale-boosting 4-0 win over Brentford last weekend and will take the reins for the trip to Newcastle on Saturday.
Schreuder: Reds still a big threat
Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder insists Liverpool are still a "top" team despite their recent struggles.
The Reds suffered their third defeat of the Premier League campaign on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at struggling Nottingham Forest.
It was another setback for Jurgen Klopp's men, who looked to be turning a corner after successive victories over Manchester City and West Ham.
They face Ajax in Amsterdam in the Champions League on Wednesday after recovering from a 4-1 loss at Napoli to record three straight wins in Group A, including against the Eredivisie outfit at Anfield.
Asked if Liverpool were more vulnerable, Schreuder said: "No, I don’t think so.
"I think they are still a very good team, a top team, and we saw also the reaction after the defeat in the Champions League.
"I think if you see them in the last few games, against Rangers and against City, they showed top form and top quality.
"Of course they lost to Nottingham Forest, but could also have won, 4-1 or 5-1."
Stones eyeing return
John Stones could play his first game in a month when Manchester City visit Borussia Dortmund tomorrow night.
The pair meet in the Champions League in Germany with City only needing a point to secure top spot in Group G.
Stones has not played since picking up a hamstring injury in England's 3-3 Nations League draw with Germany last month but has been included in Pep Guardiola's squad.
Fellow defender Aymeric Laporte has also been named despite picking up a knock against Brighton.
England duo Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips remain out, while left-back Sergio Gomez is suspended after his red card against FC Copenhagen on Matchday 4.
O'Neil blasts Hammers opener
Gary O’Neil slammed the "terrible decision" to allow Kurt Zouma’s controversial opener in Bournemouth’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham.
Zouma’s first-half goal was allowed to stand by VAR despite the ball clearly striking defender Thilo Kehrer’s hand moments before.
The word from Stockley Park was that because the handball was not deliberate and did not lead directly to the goal, it was allowed to stand.
O’Neil was booked for his protests just before the break and made his feelings clear to referee David Coote at full-time.
The Cherries caretaker said: "I’m doing that every game at the minute.
"We’re obviously disappointed with the first goal, it was a terrible decision. It cannot stand, it’s impossible that that’s a goal.
"His arm moved towards the ball. I can’t understand how that can be given. I just can’t even believe we have to discuss it, it’s handball 100 times out of 100."
The Cherries were dealt another slice of bad fortune in stoppage time when Vladimir Coufal’s cross struck the hand of substitute Jordan Zemura in the box, allowing Said Benrahma to seal the win from the penalty spot.
O'Neil added: "It’s hard on the lads. It’s the way it’s going at the moment, really unlucky.
"They get one breakaway and cross the ball with hardly anyone in the box. Anyone who’s ever slid for a ball will not have their hands by their side, it’s impossible.
"The hard thing to take is the huge advantage West Ham gained for their two handballs, and we were getting no advantage from the ball hitting Jordan’s hand."
Mac Allister hails Bright future
Alexis Mac Allister reckons Brighton can reach even greater heights after signing a new long-term deal with the club.
The Argentine, 23, has put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at the Amex until the summer of 2025, with the option to extend that agreement by a further 12 months.
Mac Allister has been one of the Seagulls’ standout stars this season as they continue to fly high in ninth in the Premier League table.
And despite manager Graham Potter leaving for Chelsea last month, the midfielder believes the future remains bright on the South Coast under new boss Roberto De Zerbi.
After signing his new deal, Mac Allister said: "We’ve been discussing a new contract for a few weeks, and I’m very happy it’s all agreed and signed.
"I am really happy here at Brighton. I’m grateful for the opportunity the club gave me to come to England and play in the Premier League, and it’s been an incredible journey.
"We have made great progress with Graham Potter, and I know there is more to make. I am now enjoying working with another top coach in Roberto De Zerbi and want to help the club to keep progressing."
De Zerbi added: "I’m very happy for Alexis and for the club. He is an important player for us, and it is very good he has signed this new long-term contract.
"I am looking forward to working more with him, helping him to improve, and to seeing him play at the World Cup next month."