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Sevilla sack Julen Lopetegui after heavy defeat against Dortmund

Sevilla have sacked under-fire manager Julen Lopetegui in the wake of the 4-1 home defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Lopetegui’s job was in jeopardy following a disastrous start to the 2022/23 season, and the Andalusian club acted after the thrashing against Dortmund last night.

Sevilla have recorded just one win in seven games in La Liga this season, while they are winless in the Champions League.

The club hierarchy also played a part in Lopetegui’s struggles, as they failed to back the Spaniard in the summer transfer window.

They made no significant new signings while losing several key players including Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos and Lucas Ocampos.

Lopetegui’s overall reign was successful as he helped Rojiblancos finish inside the top four of La Liga over the last three seasons.

“The president and vice president have confirmed that I’m no longer Sevilla coach,” he said. “It’s been three historic, spectacular years, with silverware and three consecutive qualifications for the Champions League.

“We haven’t started well this season and they’ve made a decision that I have to accept, even if it’s not to my liking.

“Simply put, I have to show my gratitude to the people that brought me here: Monchi, the Board, my players, everyone, and our fans, because you have helped me to achieve what we’ve achieved, above all our fans.

“I’ll never forget the fans singing my name at full time, it will be one of my best memories. The fans are intelligent, they’re the most important part of the club and they know what’s happened in the last three-and-a-bit years.

“I’ve got mixed emotions, but the main one is that I’m grateful and I don’t want to think about any negative words.

“My time here means I’ll always have a strong feeling for this club as well as our city, and I’ll take that with my family.”

Former Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli is reportedly in line to become the new manager. The Argentine boss previously managed Sevilla for the 2016/17 season.

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