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Machin sacked by Sevilla after Europa League exit

Machin sacked by Sevilla after Europa League exit
By PA Sport

15/03/2019 at 14:45Updated 15/03/2019 at 16:38

Sevilla have sacked coach Pablo Machin in the wake of a poor run of form which culminated in the club’s surprise Europa League exit.

The Spanish outfit, looking to win the competition for a sixth time in 14 years, were knocked out at the last-16 stage by Slavia Prague on Thursday night.

A 4-3 extra-time defeat in the Czech Republic consigned Sevilla to a 6-5 aggregate loss and was the Andalusian club’s sixth loss in their last 11 games in all competitions.

That run has included a Copa del Rey exit to Barcelona, going down 6-1 in the second leg, and LaLiga losses to the likes of relegation-battling trio Celta Vigo, Villarreal and Huesca.

Sevilla thrashed Real Sociedad 5-2 last weekend to remain sixth in the league table, but the club have now decided to act following their European exit.

The 43-year-old Machin, who took charge last summer, has been replaced on an interim basis by Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros.

A club statement read: “Sevilla have made the decision this Friday to part company with first-team coach Pablo Machin following a string of poor results in past weeks.

“Director of football Joaquin Caparros will take the reins with immediate effect. The veteran coach will take training today and will be on the Sevilla bench this Sunday when the team travel to Cornella to face Espanyol.”

Caparros, who also took over in a caretaker capacity last year following the departure of Vincenzo Montella, will remain in charge for the rest of the season.