Sevilla’s head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, has been fired ahead of the club’s Europa League quarter-final match against Manchester United.
The Spanish team defeated Fenerbahce to advance to the last eight, but they now lie two points above the relegation zone in 14th position, following a 2-0 defeat at Getafe in Sampaoli’s final league game in charge on Sunday.
The 2-0 setback against Getafe on Sunday was the final straw for Sampaoli, who had only taken over as manager for the second time in October.
Sevilla has only won twice in their last seven La Liga games, losing four of them.
“Sevilla have terminated the contract of coach Jorge Sampaoli after the team’s defeat in Getafe, which has once again placed the team on the verge of relegation places. The fact that the team has not managed to get out of the lowest positions in the table since his incorporation as a coach and the image offered in the last matches of the team has led the club to make this decision, in search of a reaction in the 12 games that remain in the league. Sevilla thanks Sampaoli for his services and wishes him the best of luck in his future,” read the Sevilla statement.
Jose Luis Mendilibar is set to be appointed by Sevilla ahead of taking training later on Tuesday.
Sevilla play Cadiz and Celta Vigo in La Liga after the international break before facing United in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie on April 13.