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Sevilla manager sacked ahead of Man United Europa League showdown

Sevilla have sacked head coach Jorge Sampaoli ahead of the club’s Europa League quarter-final against Manchester United.

The Spanish side beat Fenerbahce to advance to the last eight but currently sit two points above the relegation zone in 14th place, with a 2-0 loss at Getafe on Sunday in Sampaoli’s last league game .

The 2-0 loss to fellow strugglers Getafe on Sunday was the final straw for Sampaoli – who had only returned for his second term in October.

Sevilla have won just twice in their last seven La Liga fixtures, losing four games in this run.

“Sevilla terminated coach Jorge Sampaoli’s contract after the team’s loss to Getafe, which once again put the team on the brink of relegation places. The fact that the team failed to come 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 led the club to make this decision, looking for a reaction in the 12 games that remain in the league. Sevilla thank Sampaoli for his services and wish him good luck for his future,” Sevilla’s statement read.

Jose Luis Mendilibar is expected to be appointed by Sevilla ahead of training later on Tuesday.

Sevilla face Cadiz and Celta Vigo in La Liga after the international break before facing United in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on April 13.

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