Sevilla names new coach Garcia Toral
Sevilla named Marcelino Garcia Toral as its head coach for next
season on Tuesday.
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
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
Last season, Garcia helped Racing Santander stay in the top
The former Sporting Gijon midfielder guided both Recreativo
Huelva (2006) and Zaragoza (2009) into Spain’s topflight.