Diego Alonso, the fourth coach in a year for a troubled Sevilla | Soccer | Sports
Sevilla is a turbulent club. Three days after the dismissal of José Luis Mendilibar, the Andalusian team presented Diego Alonso this Wednesday, the fourth coach in a year after Julen Lopetegui, Jorge Sampaoli and Mendilibar himself. The Uruguayan coach, who lived in Madrid, has a great knowledge of Spanish football, but had never sat on a European bench. The presentation press conference has been mediated by the images taken in the program The beach bar. In them, a transcription of the conversation held between president José Castro, vice president José María del Nido Carrasco and the sports director, Víctor Orta, was made. “This can go very well or very badly. In the end, it is you and I who are to blame,” was read on the lips of the Sevilla president.
The television bust was explained emphatically by the leader himself in the presentation of his coach. “We were not referring to our new coach, Diego Alonso, but to a situation that occurred with the coach of our subsidiary team, which we are going to transfer to Huesca. Yes, I would ask my colleagues in the press that before being untruthful they can call the club and verify the information so as not to make a mistake like that,” Castro clarified to offer Sevilla’s version.
Diego Alonso attended a somewhat hectic presentation quite calmly. Because the aforementioned television crisis was joined by the request, late on Tuesday night, for the holding of an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting by José María del Nido Benavente. The former president of the entity and largest shareholder wants to regain control of the entity. “In December there is already an ordinary meeting. Our legal firms will study the request, but I think the ordinary meeting will suffice. The large shareholders, with the exception of Mr. Del Nido, have a governance pact, we are complying with it and we will continue to comply with it,” Castro stated. Through this agreement and in that ordinary meeting in December, the transfer of powers must occur so that José María del Nido Carrasco, son of former president Del Nido and current vice president, becomes the top leader of Sevilla.
In the midst of this situation, Diego Alonso outlined his intentions after being forcefully defended by Castro himself and Víctor Orta, the sports director. “I want a team that presses high and is the protagonist with the ball in combinative football. And I think that the template has enough arguments from what I have been able to analyze. It is balanced and there are variants to play in different ways. I don’t sweep when I arrive at a club,” Alonso highlighted. “I have a first name in common with Simeone, but I am Diego Alonso and Cholo is Cholo. However, being compared to Cholo is something that flatters me,” the Uruguayan admitted when asked about his possible similarities with the Atlético de Madrid coach. Of course, when asked about the games against Madrid and Arsenal in the Champions League, he answered as follows: “I go game by game.”
Orta, for his part, revealed that he met Diego Alonso at a barbecue in Uruguay in 2010 when he was still an active player in Peñarol. “I was watching football in Uruguay (being a scout for Sevilla) and I was introduced to Diego at a barbecue at Gerardo Rabajda’s house. He impressed me with one thing he told me, that he knew he was going to be a soccer coach when he was 23 years old. And he was still active. We talked about Luis Aragonés, Rafa Benítez and Cúper, I remember. Since then I always had him on my radar and watched him evolve. Now she has been my first option to coach Sevilla and I thank the management committee for supporting her,” Orta clarified.
“It is not normal that we have had four coaches in one year, but the results are king. A team like ours cannot win only two 11″ games, Castro clarified about the sporting situation of Sevilla, 14th, 11 points from fourth place. The leader logically ignored the tense relationship that has existed between the leadership of the entity and Mendilibar. The Sevilla leaders renewed him by popular acclaim after winning the Europa League without really believing in him. The planning was very late and it did not include a coach who did not like his statements to the press and his dealings with the heavyweights in the locker room. Mendilibar asked players like Lucas Boyé and was not taken into account.
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