Diego Alonso, new coach of Sevilla | Soccer | Sports
Sevilla has already found José Luis Mendilibar’s successor. This is Diego Alonso, a 48-year-old Uruguayan coach who led his country’s national team in the last World Cup in Qatar. A coach with no experience in Spanish football, but who has the complete confidence of Sevilla’s sports director, Víctor Orta. The news, advanced by Relief, was confirmed by this means. The club made the hiring of Diego Alonso official on Monday afternoon. The coach signs only for the remainder of the season. Residing in Madrid, he traveled to Seville to sign his new contract.
Sevilla’s decision is risky, since they have opted for a low-profile coach, practically unknown in Spanish football. However, it was always the first bet of the sports director, Orta, who put his name on the table since last Saturday night, when José Luis Mendilibar was sentenced after the draw against Rayo Vallecano. The leadership of the Andalusian team moved to Madrid on Monday and immediately contacted Diego Alonso, although they also spoke with other coaches, such as Marcelino, in case this bet on the Uruguayan could not come to fruition. The criteria of the sports director is what has been imposed. He considers that he is a hungry coach, whose characteristics as a coach adapt to those of the Sevilla squad. A coach, too, who can be trained from the entity itself and who did not have too many problems when it came to signing only until the end of the course. Other technicians, such as Marcelino, were more demanding. The Asturian, for example, asked for signings and more contract time.
Diego Alonso has developed his coaching career in South America and North America. He began his career at Bellavista in Uruguay and then coached Guarani, Peñarol and Olimpia in Paraguay. In 2014 he left for Mexico, where he coached Pachuca and Monterrey. Later, he coached Inter Miami and finally the Uruguay national team, where he replaced maestro Tabárez. He managed to qualify the celestial team for the World Cup in Qatar by winning the last four games, but fell in the group stage. He has won two Concacaf Champions Leagues with Pachuca and Monterrey, as well as a Clausura Tournament in Mexico with Pachuca. Diego Alonso played five seasons in Spanish football between 2000 and 2006. He signed for Valencia, then played for Atlético de Madrid in the Second Division (22 goals), Racing and Málaga in the First Division, and finished his career in Spain with Murcia in Second division.
Diego Alonso will make his debut in Sevilla’s League match against Madrid after this national team break. Then, the Andalusian team hosts Arsenal in a key Champions League match.
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