“We haven’t followed the line of improving for a long time. We play with anarchy and depend on luck. The words of Bono, goalkeeper and one of Sevilla’s captains, echoed in the locker room of Coliseu Alfonso Pérez, where the Andalusians added another defeat away from home against Getafe (2-0), staying two points from the relegation zone . Faced with the delicate situation of a team that had just played in the Champions League for three consecutive years, the directors of the Andalusian club fired Jorge Sampaoli, coach of the main team. The Sevilla leaders moved very quickly. The president, José Castro, remained in Madrid after the defeat against Getafe and Monchi, the sporting director, went urgently to Madrid to finalize the hiring of the new coach, who is José Luis Mendilibar. The Basque returns to the elite after the last spell at Alavés. He will have the challenge of saving Sevilla with 12 days left in the League. The deal is valid until the end of the season. Mendilibar will be back at Sevilla with three players he had under his command at Eibar, where he had his best seasons: Dmitrovic, Jordán and Bryan Gil. Dmitrovic never ceases to amaze either. The goalkeeper resigned from the call with Serbia to help the coach in his new phase at Sevilla.
Sampaoli reached the end of the seventh round with Sevilla one point away from relegation. He comes off the bench 21 days later with the team two points from the abyss and very negative feelings. Interestingly, also in the quarterfinals of the Europa League, where he will face Manchester United. Sevilla have not won away from home since October 15 (0-1 against Mallorca), accumulating five defeats and three draws. In everything that has been done in the League, a team destined to enter the Champions League has not managed to classify itself even for one day in the top 10 (12th place was the highest achieved).
Club officials have long since stopped believing in Sampaoli. A coach who transmits enormous nervousness to the players, who sends the ball out from behind with the high-risk goalkeeper and whose message does not reach the footballers, who are no longer ashamed in public to express that they do not understand what the coach is asking . Sampaoli was the emergency solution that the club found in October. Sevilla sacked Julen Lopetegui despite the insistence of Monchi, the sporting director, to keep him. Only Sampaoli said yes to the Sevilla leader after coaches like Rafael Benítez or Marcelino didn’t want to manage a Sevilla that went from the Champions League to the fight for relegation. In the end, Monchi’s negligent planning lies at the bottom of Sevilla’s crisis. The sports director, creator of previous successes, made an obvious mistake in preparing a squad where there are no longer elements like Isco, Dolberg or Januzaj, brilliant signings in the summer.
“I made a lot of mistakes, without a doubt, but this year everything that can go wrong will get worse”, clarified Monchi himself in an interview with the media in Istanbul for the European game against Fenerbahçe. If Sampaoli didn’t leave earlier, it was simply for economic reasons. With a contract until 2024, the coach’s dismissal means Sevilla around 11 million euros. The club’s lawyers looked for windows in the contract with the Argentine that would allow them to save at least half of that agreement. Because the sporting problem is joined by the economic one. Sevilla has been showing economic losses of more than 20 million euros in the last two years. His policy of selling the best players to sign young footballers and being able to sell them to generate capital gains was forgotten for almost three seasons.
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