Villa sacked Gerrard last Thursday as the Midlands club has scored just nine points from 11 games this season.
Aaron Danks has been named manager and Villa beat Brentford 4-0 in his first game in charge at the weekend.
“Aston Villa are delighted to announce the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new manager,” Villa said in a statement.
, confirmed. Aston Villa have appointed Unai Emery as new head coach, as salary will be around €7m/year. 🚨🟣🔵 #AVFC
Contract completed as Aston Villa will pay full €6m release clause to Villarreal. pic.twitter.com/CSi3PgTb7Y
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 24, 2022
Emery’s previous job in England was to replace long-serving Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in 2018, but he was sacked after just 18 months at the north London club.
But while he has failed to reverse Arsenal’s declining fortunes, the 50 -year-old has a solid record in leading the Spanish side to the Champions League, finishing third in La Liga three times with Valencia’s name.
His greatest claim to fame, however, is his stellar run in the Europa League, lifting the trophy three times at Sevilla and Villarreal, and holding the record for the most Europa League wins by a manager.
Under Unai Emery, Villarreal beat his old club Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finals last year before beating Manchester United on penalties in the final.