Sevilla sacks coach Alvarez, hires Manzano

Spanish club Sevilla has hired Gregorio Manzano as coach after

firing Antonio Alvarez following a disappointing start to the

season.

Club president Jose Maria del Nido presented Manzano at a news

conference Monday shortly before a training session with the

squad.

Sevilla is seventh in the standings with eight points from five

matches, and is coming off a lackluster 2-0 loss against newly

promoted Hercules on Sunday.

Manzano coached Mallorca before Michael Laudrup took over in

July. He had led the team to fifth place in the league last season

but left after the club’s financial problems became public.