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Sevilla dismiss coach Jiménez

Published: Wednesday 24 March 2010, 8.02CET
Sevilla FC reacted to stretching their winless run to seven games – including a UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of PFC CSKA Moskva – by splitting with coach Manuel Jiménez.
Sevilla dismiss coach Jiménez
Manuel Jiménez's side have come unstuck of late ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 24 March 2010, 8.02CET

Sevilla dismiss coach Jiménez

Sevilla FC reacted to stretching their winless run to seven games – including a UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of PFC CSKA Moskva – by splitting with coach Manuel Jiménez.

Sevilla FC parted company with coach Manuel Jiménez after a 1-1 home draw against the bottom club Xerez CD extended their winless run in all competitions to seven games.

Xerez struck an added-time equaliser at Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán last night to leave Sevilla in fifth place in the Liga. During their recent slump in form, Sevilla were denied a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after losing 2-1 at home to PFC CSKA Moskva and 3-2 on aggregate. There is some cheer, however, with a Spanish Cup final date with Club Atlético de Madrid to be scheduled in May.

The 46-year-old Jiménez was promoted from Sevilla's youth side to take over from the departing Juande Ramos in 2007 and having led the team to a fifth-placed finish was offered an extended stay as first-team coach. The team improved the following year under Jiménez – Sevilla's record appearance holder – by finishing third.

A club statement said: "The Sevilla board have dismissed Manolo Jimenez. Wednesday's training will be led by Ramón Tejada, pending the board making a definitive decision about the future coach of the team." Tejada steps up from coaching Sevilla Atlético.

Last updated: 24/03/10 16.53CET

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