Unai Emery and coaching staff plot next move after Arsenal axe with Everton linked – The Sun

UNAI EMERY today met up with his coaching staff as he plots his return to football management.

The Spaniard has been jobless since being sacked by the Gunners on 29 November.

Having failed to qualify for the Champions League last season, his Arsenal reign deteriorated in this campaign.

A dismal run of defeats, being openly mocked by some of his players, and the Granit Xhaka captaincy debacle all undermined his position at the club.

Freddie Ljungberg was one of Emery's assistants, but was not let go by the club like most of the 48-year-old's staff were.

While the Swede is managing Arsenal in the interim, Emery's other staff members appear to be loyal to their friend.

Among those in the picture are Emery's assistant Juan Carlos Carcedo (second from right), and first-team coach Pablo Villanueva (first from left).

The pair both played with Emery at Leganes in the 2002-03 season – and have been long-term confidants of the former Arsenal boss.

Carcedo joined him as assistant at Almeria in 2006 and has followed him ever since – with Villanueva joining the coaching team at Sevilla in 2014.

Emery and his staff will be hoping for a swift return to management, and have been linked with the vacant role at Everton.

Shanghai SIPG boss Vitor Pereira has ruled himself out of taking the position, but David Moyes, Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta are all in the frame.

Meanwhile, his former club Arsenal appear no closer to appointing his successor, despite having been managerless for a fortnight.

Freddie Ljungberg is set to take charge of his fifth match as interim boss on Sunday, when the Gunners take on Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

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