Steven Gerrard failed to be a success at Aston Villa. Despite good backing in the summer transfer window, the English boss failed to deliver results at the Midlands outfit and the hierarchy finally decided to part company with him in October. Gerrard’s final match resulted in a humiliating 3-0 loss at Fulham, which left them 17th in the table.
In a surprising but welcome decision, Villa appointed Unai Emery as their next manager. The Spanish boss had declined the opportunity to take charge of Newcastle United following their Saudi-led takeover. However, he accepted the Lions’ proposal to succeed Gerrard for his second stint in the Premier League.
Emery made an immediate impact at Villa Park as he led them to a huge 3-1 victory over Manchester United. The Midlands outfit built on that success as they registered an impressive 2-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Emery is an experienced manager who can be a big success at Aston Villa. The Spaniard failed to make a big impact at Arsenal after succeeding Arsene Wenger in 2018.
However, his performance at Villarreal was commendable as he won the Europa League in his first season before leading them to a Champions League semi-final run the following campaign. Now he has taken a new challenge at Villa who boast a hugely talented squad and have the capability to target the top-half of the league table.
Aston Villa Fixtures in December
Aston Villa will return to Premier League action on 26th December like most of the other English clubs. Emery’s men will welcome Liverpool in a blockbuster clash at Villa Park on Boxing Day.
However, they will play a few club friendlies against Cardiff City, Brighton, Chelsea and Villarreal before resuming their league campaign.
Below we have listed all the upcoming Aston Villa fixtures in December:
Aston Villa vs Brighton – 8th December (friendly)
Aston Villa vs Chelsea – 11th December (Al Wahda Challenge Cup) (Chelseafc.com)
Aston Villa vs Villarreal – 15th December (friendly)
Aston Villa vs Liverpool – 26th December (Premier League) (Amazon Prime)
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