Sevilla have sacked coach Michel after less than a year in charge. This follows Los Rojiblancos 2-0 defeat to Valencia at the weekend.

The club have hired former Els Taronja boss Unai Emery, who was sacked by Spartak Moscow earlier in the season.

Emery started his tenure off with a 0-0 draw to Zaragoza in the Copa del Ray last night. Sevilla have lost six of their last seven La Liga games, and have won just six out of their 19 games this season, leaving themselves in 12th position.

New boss Emery has a good record in Spanish football. Despite Valencia being in serious financial difficulties, leading to the sale of key players such as David Silva and David Villa, the Spaniard led them to three consecutive third-placed finishes in the Liga BBVA.

Emery will have just as tough task ahead of him at Sevilla. His target for next season will be to qualify for Europe, however his first issue will be to try and keep Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo, who has recently been linked with a move to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

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