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The Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores has taken over as the new coach for Sevilla, the club announced on Monday. “We have reached an agreement that Quique Sanchez Flores will be our new head coach, signing until 2025,” the club wrote in a statement on its website. The 58-year-old former Atletico Madrid coach arrives at the struggling Andalusian side following Saturday’s coaching sacking Diego Alonso. Despite only arriving in October and replacing Jose Luis Mendilibar, who led the team to a record-extending seventh Europa League triumph in May, Alonso was dismissed in the wake of a 3-0 home defeat to Getafe.
Ex-player Sanchez Flores spent 10 years at Valencia before signing for Real Madrid in 1994 and ending his career three years later at Real Zaragoza.
As a coach, his biggest success came in 2010 when his Atletico Madrid team boasted stars Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan, won the Europa League.
He most recently served as coach for Getafe until April this year. His previous managerial roles include Valencia, Benfica, Espanyol and two short spells at Premier League side Watford.
Sevilla have had a difficult start to the season and after being eliminated from all European competition by finishing bottom of their Champions League group, they also sit just above the drop zone in La Liga.
Sanchez Flores will be in the hot seat for Sevilla’s next game, a relegation six-pointer at 19th-placed Granada on Tuesday.
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