José María del Nido has sacked Míchel from his post as Sevilla coach. Unai Emery, free after being sacked by Spartak Moscow in November, has been chosen as his replacement and has signed until June 2014. Sevilla will be the third team he's managed in the Primera División after his spells at Almería and Valencia. The Andalucian club will make it official this evening.
Míchel arrived on the Guadalquivir in February 2012 to replace Marcelino García, and in the 36 games he's been in charge he's managed 13 wins, 11 draws and 14 defeats. Sevilla have closed out the first half of this season in twelfth with 22 points, the same as in the 2002/03 campaign, which is the lowest points total for this stage in the 21st century.
Emery will lead the first team tomorrow, Tuesday with the time of his presentation to be confirmed. The coach will draw up a list of players to travel to Zaragoza at 16.00 by AVE. On Wednesday Sevilla will play the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter final against the 'maños'.
Despite the fact that the team were due to play that match so soon, Míchel's future was decided after their defeat in Valencia. He had lost credibility, despite retaining some support from within the club. The unusual absence of the club's sporting director Monchi in the board meeting this morning, Monday suggested he could already be making arrangements for Míchel's replacement.
In an appearance in front of the press today, Del Nido described the season as "very unsatisfactory" and said that the team's objectives "change when they're not winning matches."
He also criticised fans who had jeered the players and coach during a training session, saying: "No civilised person can applaud verbal abuse". He was unwilling to talk about transfers owing to the delicate situation the team is in, although he assured it's not the worst he's been through in his time at Sevilla: "With Caparrós we went to Bilbao and Barcelona in the relegation places, and despite that I ended up renewing his contract."
And the president denied that he made his recent trip to London in order to negotiate the transfer of Álvaro Negredo, citing personal reasons for the visit to the English capital.