Sevilla named Marcelino Garcia Toral as its head coach for next season on Tuesday.
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Sevilla finished a disappointing fifth place in the Spanish league last season, falling short of its goal of playing in the Champions League. Instead, it will be in the Europa League, a competition it won 2006 and 2007.
”The obligation of all those on this team is to improve on last year’s results,” Garcia said at his presentation.
”Our goal is to fight for the Champions League and third place (in the Spanish league), and I think we have real chances of doing so.”
His contract includes a club option for two additional seasons based on whether the team makes the Champions League, said Sevilla club president Jose Maria del Nido.
Garcia’s immediate task will be firming up Sevilla’s inconsistent defense which allowed 61 goals last season, fourth worst in La Liga.
”The first thing we have to do is to stop the flood of goals that Sevilla received last season,” Garcia said.
The new manager will also have to rebuild the attack after the exit of striker Luis Fabiano and the possible departure of forward Frederic Kanoute.
Last season, Garcia helped Racing Santander stay in the top division.
The former Sporting Gijon midfielder guided both Recreativo Huelva (2006) and Zaragoza (2009) into Spain’s topflight.
Garcia replaces Gregorio Manzano Ballesteros, whose contract was not renewed.