Sevilla sack coach after Europa League elimination

Sevilla have sacked coach Pablo Machin, the La Liga side said on Friday , a day after the team were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League by Slavia Prague .
The club have placed their director of football , Joaquin Caparros , in charge until the end of the season .

Machin, who was hired last June on the back of his steady success with Girona, got off to a flying start with the Andalusian side .

He took them to the top of the table in November .

But results had declined in 2019 , not helped by a congested fixtures list which had seen them play 50 games in all competitions .

This was due to their having to play six UEFA Europa League qualifiers at the start of the campaign .

“ Sevilla FC have made the decision this Friday to part company with first team coach Pablo Machin, following a string of poor results in past weeks , ” the club said in a statement on their website.

Sevilla , who have one of the best home records in La Liga but had failed to win away from home since September , are sixth in the standings on 40 points .

They are also five points behind fourth -placed Getafe who occupy the final UEFA Champions League spot .

They were beaten 3 – 4 by Slavia Prague after extra time on Thursday for a 6 – 5 aggregate defeat , conceding the decisive goal in the 119th minute of play .

Sevilla exited the Copa del Rey at the quarter – finals stage , being thrashed 6 – 3 on aggregate by FC Barcelona in spite of winning the first leg 2 – 0 .

( Reuters /NAN)

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