The Unai Emery Road Ahead After Getting “Back in the Mix”

Pre-World Cup Emery and Villa Reflections

Back-to-back wins in his first two Premier League games with Aston Villa provides Unai Emery with the perfect start to his new job, as he has Aston Villa pointing upwards in the league team and potentially looking at guiding Villa to some actual ‘continual progress’ once again.

Villa CEO Christian Purslow had told MOMS in a recent Fan Consultation Group meeting that the aim was to have Villa in the mix come the World Cup break. Three wins in the last four games has done that, with Villa now one point off the top half and three points away from a possible European football place. While the Villa CEO perhaps wasn’t expecting to eject his manager at the time, Steven Gerrard, the club’s actions have at least led to them meeting their short-term aim.

Emery now has a month – after his players return from their holiday break – to hopefully fine tune his vision and build on Villa’s current position.

In the latest My Old Man Said podcast, we look at the current picture under Emery and look back at the club’s first away win of the season, against Brighton. The game at the Amex Stadium was a further example of Emery’s ruthless tactical switch to close games out.

After his wonder goal for Scotland against Turkey, we also ponder what John McGinn’s potential role under Emery will be.

On top of all that, there’s the regular Three Points, Media Muppets, Emery’s Clipboard, Reasons to be Cheerful, as well as catching up on all the latest Villa news.

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