More Details On Unai Emery's Sacking From Arsenal Have Emerged
Unai Emery was told he was being sacked as Arsenal boss before he was due to take charge of training on Friday, but the Gunners had already decided on getting rid of him prior to the 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
After seeing his side beaten at a half-empty Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, continuing the club's worst run of results since 1992, Emery reported to the club's London Colney training ground as normal but when he was called for a meeting, he know what exactly it was regarding.
Raul Sanllehi told the Spaniard of the decision Arsenal had made in relieving him and his Spanish coaching staff of their duties, with technical director Edu and managing director Vinai Venkatesham also joining in on the meeting.
According to The Mirror's John Cross, Emery took the news well and then said his individual goodbyes with a few hugs before clearing his office and leaving.
The players and remaining backroom staff were then informed of the news in a 10-minute meeting. Edu is said to have issued a "rallying cry" after seeing the team go seven games without a win, while appointed Interim boss and former Gunner Freddie Ljungberg was also present before taking charge of training.
Emery would not have been too surprised to have learned he was losing his job and Arsenal had already made their mind up on Monday, two days after the 2-2 draw with lowly Southampton, according to the Mirror.
Sanllehi and Venkatesham jetted out to Colorado, United States to speak to Stan Kroenke and his son Josh, who is on the board, and effectively agreed that Emery would be given the boot.
However, they didn't sack him right away - partly out of respect for Emery - but the absolute final call was made by all the key figures following last night's dismal display.
The Sun report that Emery was called into a meeting when he arrived to take charge of training at 9am on Friday.
Results simply weren't good enough for the former PSG and Valencia boss, with the club's failure to qualify for this season's Champions League after picking up just one win in their final five games - before Chelsea made easy work of them in the Europa League final.
But beyond that, it appears as though Emery had lost the respect of the dressing room. James Olley from The Evening Standard reports that members of the squad would regularly mock his accent and do impressions of him around the training ground.
In addition, the decision to have a leadership group of five as opposed to one permanent skipper caused a stir, with one player joking, "How many captains do we have?" on the plane home from a 1-1 draw with Vitor Guimaraes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was instated to that batch as a result of the Granit Xhaka situation.