Peter Crouch has defended 'top class' Unai Emery saying the Aston Villa boss was unfairly treated at Arsenal after being turned into a 'figure of fun'.
Emery failed to win the fans over and they even mocked him during his time at the Emirates Stadium after taking over from long-serving boss Arsene Wenger, not just for their fortunes on the pitch, but for his grasp of the English language.
The Spaniard, 51, has since gone on to win the Europa League at Villarreal and made it all the way to the Champions League semi-finals.
Former striker Crouch said: 'I only think there's a lack of respect in this country. If you go to Spain or France you won't find that level of disrespect.
'That comes with the job at Arsenal, it was a difficult position for him, a difficult time and he became a figure of fun almost with some of the interviews and things like that.
'Then he goes back to Spain and wins the Europa League and proves what a top manager he is. In all honest I think Villa are lucky to have him.
'He's a top, top class manager, a Champions League manager. A manager of the highest calibre.
'He's proving with the journey with the job he's done what a top manager he is.'