On December 16, following a 3-0 defeat to Getafe at home, Sevilla announced the sacking of Diego Alonso. The Uruguayan tactician became the fourth manager to be fired by Sevilla since the start of last season.
Alonso’s stay at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium has been very short. He managed 14 matches during which the team recorded two wins, five draws and seven losses. Sevilla are 17th in La Liga, only escaping the relegation zone thanks to a better goal difference than 18th-placed Celta Vigo. They also finished last in their UEFA Champions League group.
The club is now tasked with appointing the next Sevilla manager in the hope that he brings the much-needed stability
List of Possible Sevilla Next Manager
The Spanish press have Quique Sanchez Flores as the runaway favourite to become the Sevilla next manager. Although negotiations between the parties are said to be advanced, there are other candidates in case an agreement is not reached.
Quique Sanchez Flores
As per reports in Spain, Sevilla have already contacted Quique Sanchez Flores and the negotiations are going well. The 58-year-old could be installed as the next Sevilla manager already before the game against Granada on December 19.
Quique, as he is commonly known as, has been coaching at the top level since the mid 2000s. He started as an academy coach at Real Madrid before moving to senior football with Getafe in 2004. The Spaniard has coached ten different clubs in his career, at home and abroad, and is currently a free agent after leaving Getafe in April 2023. It was his third spell with the Azulones.
Quique’s most memorable stint came with Atletico Madrid between 2009 and 2011, as he won the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in 2009/10. Sevilla had been in talks with Quique Sanchez Flores before hiring Diego Alonso in October, and perhaps the move will come to fruition now.
Javi Gracia’s resume is not as impressive but he has another factor in his favour – the relationship with Sevilla’s sporting director Victor Orta. In fact, Orta hired Gracia to salvage Leeds United’s situation last season but the 53-year-old manager won just three of the 12 games in charge and was fired in May. Orta announced his resignation shortly after and moved to Sevilla over the summer.
Gracia has been coaching at the senior level since 2007, starting with Pontevedra in the Spanish third tier. He would go through with clubs like Malaga and Valencia in La Liga and Watford in the Premier League. However, he never stayed at a club for longer than two seasons, probably because of the lack of tangible achievements.
Sevilla should think twice before hiring Javi Gracia as he’s proven to be a risky option for long-term projects. The Andalusians have changed four different coaches since the start of 2022/23, another sacking is the last thing they need.
Diego Martinez has also been named as an alternative to Quique Sanchez Florez, and unlike the previous names on the list, he has a past at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
Between 2009 and 2014, he worked at the clubs academy, including two seasons in charge of Sevilla B, their reserve side. He led Sevilla B to promotion to the second division in 2015/16 and survived the first season in the second tier. He combined that work with an assistant role at the first team.
Martinez would go on to coach Osasuna, Granada, Espanyol and Olympiacos. His proudest work came with Granada, as he led them to promotion to La Liga in 2018/19. Under Martinez, Granada qualified for the UEFA Europa League for the first time in history and subsequently reached the quarter-finals in 2020/21, being eliminated by Manchester United.
The 43-year-old has been a free agent since December 5 when he was fired by Olympiacos.
Manolo Jimenez knows Sevilla even better, as he is an academy graduate and spent 13 years of his playing career with the Andalusians. Following retirement, Jimenez coached Sevilla B for seven years before moving to the first team in 2007.
Jimenez led Sevilla to UEFA Champions League qualification in 2008/09 as his side finished third in La Liga. In 2009/10, he guided the Andalusians to the Copa del Rey final. Sevilla would go on to win the trophy but without Jimenez, as he had been fired two months before the clash with Atletico Madrid.
Jimenez has held multiple positions since then, even winning the league and local cup with AEK Athens. The 59-year-old is currently an advisor at Cerro Porteno in Paraguay, and his last job as a manager was with Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates in 2022/23.
Considering that Jimenez has not worked in a top European league in ten years, he shouldn’t be Sevilla’s first option.
Although his name has not emerged in the media as a potential candidate, we see Quique Setien as a solid option for Sevilla. However, the club and the fans would have to be okay with his past at Real Betis, their fiercest rivals.
Setien is currently on the job market as he was fired by Villarreal in September this year. His record with the Yellow Submarine was not too bad, as they finished fifth in 2022/23 and qualified for UEFA Europa League. It was the tense relationship with some of the veterans at the club which cost him the job.
The 65-year-old had a poor experience with Barcelona which was ended by the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich. Nevertheless, Setien has proven to be a solid option for mid-sized Spanish clubs. His Real Betis and Las Palmas sides played some of the most attractive football in La Liga while constantly finishing in respectable spots.