Sevilla FC of Spanish professional soccer’s La Liga has changed its head coach following a poor season. The new coach is Uruguayan Diego Alonso, 48.
On September 9, Sevilla officially announced the firing of head coach Jose Luis Mendilibar. The reason: a poor start to the season. Despite winning the UEFA Europa League last season, Sevilla have won two, drawn two, and lost four of their eight league games this season, leaving them in 14th place with eight points. Only two points separate them from the relegation zone, 18th-place Celta Vigo.
Sevilla have pulled out the knives. After firing Mendilibar, the club hired Alonso on Tuesday. “Diego Alonso has been appointed as the new head coach. His contract runs until the end of the season,” the club announced.
Alonso was in charge of the Uruguayan national team until late last year. He played against Bento at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After a disappointing start to the tournament with a 0-0 draw against South Korea, Uruguay ultimately failed to qualify behind Portugal and South Korea. Alonso took the blame for the group stage exit and resigned. “In the first 20 minutes of the game, it was difficult to get the ball out of our hands,” Alonso said in a post-match press conference.바카라사이트
Sevilla are hoping to bounce back under Alonso. Not only do they want to improve their 14th place in the league, but they also want to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds. They are currently winless in Group B with Arsenal with two draws.
However, the challenge is that it will be Alonso’s first time in charge of a Spanish side, despite his experience as a player. Before taking over the Uruguayan national team, Alonso managed clubs in the United States and Mexico, but this will be his first time managing in Europe.