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And we all know who’s coming next, then!

Villarreal CF v Valencia CF - La Liga Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images

It’s official—just announced—Javi Calleja is out as manager of Villarreal.

Whatever one thinks of the move, no question that with Calleja’s departure and the hiring of Unai Emery, Villarreal is making a bold move that one wouldn’t have imagined happening last summer, for instance.

Calleja leaves Villarreal with a record in all competitions of 57 wins, 30 draws and 44 losses.

He replaced Fran Escribá as coach in September 2017 and brought Villarreal to a fifth-place finish (61 points, 10 behind 4th place); 2018-19 we struggled and finished 14th (Calleja was fired and then rehired in there of course), and this year we finished 5th again, 60 points, 10 behind 4th place.