Sevilla, currently facing difficulties in La Liga, has named former Uruguay national team coach, Diego Alonso, to take charge for the remainder of the season, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday.
The Europa League champions, Sevilla, are currently in the 14th position, having secured only two wins in their first eight matches. Diego Alonso, a 48-year-old, becomes the fourth coach at the financially strained club in the past year.
Alonso guided Uruguay to the 2022 Qatar World Cup but was unable to advance past the qualifying stage, subsequently replaced by Marcelo Bielsa. His most notable coaching successes occurred with Mexican clubs Pachuca and Monterrey, where he clinched the regional Champions League titles in 2017 and 2019.
In his playing career, Alonso featured for various Spanish clubs, including Espanol, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Racing Santander, and Real Murcia.
Sevilla took the decision to terminate the contract of coach Jose Luis Mendilibar on Sunday following a disappointing start to the season. The 62-year-old had been appointed in March and played a crucial role in guiding the Andalusian club to their record-extending seventh Europa League trophy in May. Additionally, he steered the team away from the threat of relegation in the previous season.
Mendilibar’s tenure at Sevilla included notable achievements, such as victories over Manchester United and Juventus en route to winning the Europa League final, where his team secured a penalty shootout victory against Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
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