Manzano pleads for Sevilla patience

Gregorio Manzano set out his ambition to create a fearless and winning side after being unveiled as Sevilla’s new coach on Monday evening.

However, the former Real Mallorca boss also warned not to expect a quick fix as he looks to get the Andalusian club back on track following a stuttering start to the season, insisting he is "not the Wizard of Oz".

Manzano was brought in as the replacement for Antonio Alvarez, who was sacked following Sunday night’s 2-0 Primera Division defeat to Hercules.

That result, which left last season’s Copa del Rey winners seventh in the table with eight points from five games, was Sevilla’s first league defeat of the season but it followed on from major disappointments in the Spanish Supercopa and in Europe over the last month.

In the Supercopa they lost 5-3 on aggregate to Barcelona after leading 3-1 from the first leg, while in the Champions League play-offs they made a surprise exit at the hands of Braga after losing both home and away to the Portuguese side.

That meant Sevilla entered the Europa League this season, and they got off to a bad start in that competition when they lost 1-0 at home to Paris St Germain in their first group match.

Sevilla are hoping Manzano is the man to turn their season around, but the vastly experienced 54-year-old, who led Mallorca to a fifth-placed finish last season before stepping down this summer, insists it may take time.

"I cannot make any assessment about what is currently happening to Sevilla. What I want is to think that, from this moment, we are going to start working with the squad to achieve the best performances," he said.

"(But) there is no button in the dressing room which means I come in, press it and everything changes. I’m not the Wizard of Oz.

"We have to get across our way of working, style of playing…Our objective, in the short term, is that the players show what they can do, look ahead and leave the past behind.

"I want Sevilla to be a winning team, a team that dares to go for games without fear, that can take advantage of the qualities of the players we have, which has its own identity, and who are not afraid of anything."

Manzano, who has also coached the likes of Atletico Madrid, Racing Santander, Real Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano, added: "One always dreams of coaching a great side and for me it’s tremendously exciting personally and professionally. I’m proud to be here as coach of Sevilla.

"Our objective is to once again be amongst the great teams. What is this? To be third? To be fourth? Fifth? We will fight to be there amongst the greats, which is where Sevilla have to be."

Manzano also believes there is the talent in the Sevilla squad to achieve that, saying: "We haven’t talked of signing anybody. The squad has individual and collective quality to be among the greats."

Manzano’s first match in charge will be Thursday’s Europa League trip to Borussia Dortmund, while on Sunday Sevilla face his former club Atletico at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.