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Sevilla coach Unai Emery was reportedly the No 1 candidate to replace Sam Allardyce at Upton Park but he has instead opted to oversee the Andalusians’ tilt at the Champions League

Sevilla coach Unai Emery was reportedly the No 1 candidate to replace Sam Allardyce at Upton Park but he has instead opted to oversee the Andalusians’ tilt at the Champions League

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Sevilla coach Unai Emery was reportedly the No 1 candidate to replace Sam Allardyce at Upton Park but he has instead opted to oversee the Andalusians’ tilt at the Champions League

Two-time Europa League-winning coach Unai Emery has distanced himself from a possible move to West Ham by committing his future to Sevilla until 2017.

The 43-year-old, who last month secured a second straight European title when Sevilla beat Dnipro in Warsaw, was reportedly the No 1 candidate to replace Sam Allardyce at Upton Park but he has instead opted to oversee the Andalusians' tilt at the Champions League.

Emery - previously employed by Spartak Moscow and before them Valencia - had also been linked to the vacancy at Serie A club Napoli that remains open following Rafael Benitez's departure for Real Madrid.

Since arriving at Sevilla in January 2013 he has recorded two fifth-placed finishes in the Primera Division.

The Hondarribia-born tactician has taken charge of 142 games from the Rojiblanco dugout, a figure only surpassed by previous Sevilla bosses Ramon Encinas (179), Manolo Cardo (188) and Joaquin Caparros (226).

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