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Sevilla sack their second manager of the season

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The Europa League quarter-finalists have made another change in the dugout.

Sevilla have sacked manager Jorge Sampaoli after a poor run of results.

The 63-year-old Argentine is the second managerial casualty at the Spanish club this season, with now-Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui suffering the same fate in October.

Sampaoli leaves after a run of five defeats in seven games. While Sevilla still reached the Europa League quarter-finals in this run, they have dropped to 14th in the LaLiga standings, two points above the relegation zone.

“Sevilla have terminated the contract of coach Jorge Sampaoli after the team’s defeat in Getafe [last Sunday], which has once again placed the team on the verge of relegation places,” read a club statement.

“The fact that the team has not managed to get out of the lowest positions in the table since his incorporation as coach and the image offered in the last matches of the team have 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 the services he has provided and wishes him the best of luck in his future.”

This marks the end of a very brief second spell at Sevilla for Sampaoli, who previously coached the club in 2016/17.

Sevilla have said they plan to announce Sampaoli’s replacement later on Tuesday. Former Real Valladolid and Eibar manager Jose Luis Mendilibar is the reported frontrunner.

Next up for the Red Whites is an Andalusian derby away to fellow LaLiga strugglers Cadiz on April 1.