Struggling LaLiga side Sevilla sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday after they were thumped 4-1 at home by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, the club announced.
The record six-times Europa League winners continued their poor start to the campaign, having won only one match in all competitions so far this season.
“Thanks to all the people and players who have given me wonderful things here in Seville,” Lopetegui told Movistar Plus after the loss on Wednesday, but before the team had officially announced his dismissal.
“I am sad to leave a team that I love very much. I also thank the Sevilla fans, who have to understand it and appreciate the support.
“I have already said goodbye to the players. It is not time to talk about being disrespected. I’m thankful for all that I have achieved in this club.”
Lopetegui, who was in tears, received a standing ovation at the end of the game from the fans, who were chanting that the board should resign.
It was widely reported by Spanish media earlier on Wednesday that Sevilla had a deal in place with former Olympique de Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli to take over for a second term with the team.
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