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Round 5 in La Liga - Sevilla In Crisis
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Written by Elisa   
Monday, 27 September 2010 00:34

New Sevilla coach Gregorio Manzano (L) shakes hands with Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido before a news conference in Seville September 27, 2010. Sevilla have sacked coach Antonio Alvarez and appointed Manzano in his place. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

New Sevilla coach Gregorio Manzano, left, shakes hands with Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido before a news conference in Seville September 27, 2010.

President Jose Maria Del Nido finally felt that he needed to act.  Times were tough economically in Spain.  His team practiced financial austerity and prudence.  They developed their own, scouted for young jewels or unknowns and sold their players at a profit.  Alves, Baptista, Keita, Reyes, Ramos, and most recently Adriano, were developed in Sevilla and sold at a nice profit to rivals, or big clubs abroad.  In 2000-01, Sevilla were still playing in the Second division of Spain — quite a feat to bring this team to prominence, UEFA and Copa del Rey cup winners, and constant champions league contenders, four years running.

But this season, the team started off on the wrong foot.  They brought in a lot of loan players and such, but really did not re-tool the squad.  Rumors of Luis Fabiano' sale were much ado about nothing.  They lost to Barça in the La Liga Super Cup, and got knocked out by Sporting Braga in the Champions League playoffs. 

The results in the league have been poor.  Eight points from five games and 7th place in the table, (as a result of the recent loss to newly promoted Hercules away, two away wins and two draws at home).  Del Nido releases Alvarez and brings in last year's coach of the year, Gregorio Manzano, formerly of RCD Mallorca.  I really feel bad for Sevilla.   They still have a great squad.  Sure, they lack an experienced playmaker in the middle, but they have width, speed and a great team on paper.  But the team has not had one decent display this season and has obviously lost respect and faith in Alvarez' coaching methods.  Several of the players reached great heights with this team, (oh the Juande days!), but they lack the motivation to fight and scrap for all three points, especially when the team needs to come from behind.

Many of people expected Alvarez out at the end of last season.  Others, like myself expected a change after the team was knocked out, in the early stages of the Champions League.  It took Del Nido long enough, but eventually, he saw the writing on the wall, change was needed immediately, or that treasured Champions League place and UEFA monies would slip out of his precious little fingers.  Time was of the essence as Sevilla's direct competition, Villarreal, Valencia, and Atlético  de Madrid, all look stronger this season.  Del Nido is a smart man.  The future financial stability of his club depends on it.

Round 5 Results:  Hércules 2-0 Sevilla, Deportivo 0-2 Alméria, Espanyol 1-0 Osasuna, Mallorca 2-0 Real Sociedad, Racing 0-1 Getafe, Atlético 1-0 Zaragoza, Levante 0-0 Real Madrid, Sporting 0-2 Valencia (top of the table), Athletic 1-3 Barçelona, Málaga-Villarreal (Monday)

Last Updated on Monday, 27 September 2010 16:10

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