Must have been a lot going on behind the scenes at Sevilla Club de Futból. Following their loss to Slavia Prague in the Europa League, the team has parted ways with coach Pablo Machin, whom they had appointed this summer.
This December article praising Machin seems very old now, but the line about “our objective isn’t the league” must be one key. Too, while Sevilla defeated Real Sociedad 5-2 in their last league match, before that they had one point from 5 league games, and were also embarassed by Barcelona in the Copa, losing at the Camp Nou 6-1 after winning 2-0 at home the week before. They’re in sixth place in the league, but evidently the decision-makers thought they might continue to slide down the table; their next matches at home (they play Espanyol away this weekend) are against Valencia, Alavés, and the derby against Betis.
Caparrós (who has been serving as Sevilla’s sporting director) is a caretaker pick; his coaching heyday was the 2000-2011 period when he coached Sevilla for five years, Depor for two, and Athletic Bilbao for four, getting Los Leones into Europe twice. But since then, he’s bounced around with little success.
Valencia should take heart, as they are only a point behind Sevilla and have certainly been more in-form of late. As far as the relegation battle is concerned, Sevilla play Valladolid and Girona away and Rayo at home, all in April.