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Sevilla appoint Alonso as new gaffer

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Sevilla have appointed former Uruguay coach Diego Alonso as their fourth manager in a year

Sevilla have appointed former Uruguay coach Diego Alonso as their manager until the end of the season, the La Liga club announced on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old, who quit the Uruguay job after failing to get the team past the group stage at last year’s Qatar World Cup, replaces Jose Luis Mendilibar, who was sacked on Sunday.

Mendilibar helped Sevilla climb out of the relegation zone last season and win the Europa League final against AS Roma, but they have struggled this term and are a lowly 14th in La Liga.

“Sevilla FC and Diego Alonso have reached an agreement for the Uruguayan to become the Blanquirrojo’s new coach until the end of the current season,” the club said in a statement.

The experienced Alonso has managed several Latin American teams, including Penarol and Olimpia in the Uruguayan top flight, as well as Pachuca and Monterrey in the Mexican league.

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Sevilla next hosts La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Oct. 21.

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