Official: Sevilla sack Montella and replace him with Caparros

Sevilla lost eight of 17 league games with Montella but did well in knockout competitions

"El club toma la decisión tras la mala racha de resultados que arrastra el equipo", reza el mensaje

El Sevilla cesa a Montella y contrata a Caparrós | Perform

Sevilla officially announced they have sacked Italian coach Vincenzo Montella after a disastrous run of league results, replacing him with journeyman coach Joaquín Caparrós, who has worked at Sevilla before.

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The Andalusians are on a terrible run of form and have not won a game sincce March 13 when they beat Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Since that historic night, the first time Sevilla had reached the last eight of Europe's top competition, they team have lost five times and drawn four games.

The final straw for Montella was Friday's 2-1 loss at Levante.

The Italian had worked at Fiorentina, Sampdoria and AC Milan and was a somewhat surprising choice to replace Eduardo Berizzo when he was sacked in December.

Montella had been sacked by AC Milan just a month before after failing to turn the team's fortunes around despite investment of 200 million euros.

Although under less pressure in Seville than at the San Siro, Montella could not turn things around at the Sanchez Pizjuan either, although he did manage to take the team to the Copa del Rey final. However, that achievement soon faded into insignificance when Barcelona hammered Sevilla 5-0 last week in the final at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Montella took charge of 28 games in all competitions, winning 11, drawing seven and losing 10.

Caparros coached Sevilla betweeen 2000 and 2005 and it's now his job to try and get the team back into Europe. They are battling Celta Vigo, Getafe, Real Sociedad and Girona for seventh  place, the final spot that gives teams access to the Europa League.

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