LONDON: Unai Emery, the Villarreal and former Arsenal and Sevilla boss, is new favourite to become manager of Newcastle in succession to sacked Steve Bruce.

The 49-year-old led Villarreal to Europa League glory last season, beating Manchester United on penalties, to win the trophy for the fourth time in his career.

His three previous triumphs came during a successful period in charge of Sevilla.

Between his two stints in Spain, Emery has also coached PSG and Arsenal, spells generally considered as unsuccessful, although he did win both Ligue 1 and the French Cup with the former and guided the Gunners to the Europa League final.

Ex-Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca had been the initial favourite.

Graeme Jones is currently in caretaker charge. He has overseen a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace and a 3-0 defeat against Chelsea, leaving the Magpies winless and second from bottom of the Premier League table after 10 games.