By Tam McManus

3rd Nov, 2022 | 8:59am

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New Aston Villa boss Unai Emery will be backed to the hilt in January with the club desperate to avoid another relegation battle.

That’s according to former Hibernian striker Tam McManus, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the job looming over the new Villa boss.

Emery officially started work on Wednesday (2 November) after a minor issue with his work permit was resolved.

In the final game before his arrival, Villa were beaten 4-0 by Newcastle United.

Sources told Football Insider last week (27 October) that the club’s owners are set to hand Emery a “huge” transfer kitty for the January and summer transfer windows in 2023.

McManus insists the new Villa boss should be backed in the same manner Steven Gerrard was after his appointment last season.

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“There is no doubt that he was watching that game somewhere. It was a shame he could not be in the stands because I think that would have given Villa a real boost,” McManus told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

“I don’t think he would have liked what he saw. They were all over the place at the back. Newcastle were very good but Aston Villa made it very easy for them.

“Attacking-wise, they didn’t cause Newcastle any problems and they could have lost it by five or six rather than four.

“After a morale-boosting win against Brentford the week before, it just shows you the size of the job Emery has. They have to back him in January.

“They did it with Gerrard, he must have spent nearly £100million even though he was only there for a year and they will have to do it with Emery to make sure they are not in a relegation battle.”

Gerrard signed seven senior players during the summer of 2022.

Emery’s first game comes against Manchester United on Sunday (6 November).

In other news, an ex-Fifa official has demanded a Premier League law change after an Emiliano Martinez controversy at Aston Villa.