Draws in the last two games leave us in a difficult position for European qualification. It’s now mathematically impossible for us to climb into the Europa League spots (or finish higher that ), and we’re a point out of 7th, but Athletic Club has a game in hand.
It looks like our best bet for European qualification is beating Roma next week. #VamosMiSevilla
I don’t care about the next up and coming manager from elsewhere in La Liga. It doesn’t always translate at a team with bigger expectations. We found a manager that was able to instill a style, and also encourage players to bring out their best.
Give Mendi some players willing to work hard and they will perform.
Credit to Lope for what? Failing badly enough to get Sevilla to 3rd place? When he left Sevilla were bottom of the group having conceded four goals at RSP to Man City and Dortmund respectively sandwiched with a draw to Copenhagen. Sampaoli drew away to Dortmund and won at home against Copenhagen before losing away to Man City.
Mendi has earned the right to take the reins for at least a full season, something akin to a 1+1 as Shend mentioned, a long-term commitment is not ideal as 1) Mendi is 62 and 2) the last time we gave a long term contract to a EL winner led to 3.5 seasons of lope-ball.
It could also give more time to observe future candidates, can Iraola go onwards and upwards? Can Gallardo perform at a different club from River? Can Diego Martinez find a new team and rebuild his reputation? There’s also a host of new managers who have done wonders this season, Arne Slot of Feyernoord and Franck Haise of Lens come to mind, even Xabi Alonso did well at Leverkusen though he would be aiming to get back to Sociedad.
An EL win and CL entry has given the money the board claimed they so desperately needed, now spend it wisely on and build the foundations of more solid seasons, please.
On his IG story last night Bade asked Monchi to sign him last night, to which Monchi replied ‘it’s already done’. Could just be in the heat of the moment/not fully signed, but hopefully he’s the first new signing.
Sadly I think departures are likely, with Bono being the obvious one mostly because I’m not sure how much actual interest there is in other squad members…
Winning the Europa again last night surely has to settle it. If he doesn’t get the job permanently after that and steering us to comfortable safety from the precarious position we were in, then I don’t know what the man has to do.
When he took over we were in genuine danger of relegation and talk of winning the Europa League was seen understandably as a distraction.
The man has presided over a quite frankly astonishing turnaround.
slight pushback on the “last game doesnt matter” take. which is an understandable one relative to champions league qualification.
but in reality, there is a meaningful difference (european qualification aside) in where we finish given how tight things are. If we finish 12th our season reward is 8.1m euros, 7th and that jumps up by ten to 18m.
winning EL itself gave us something like 7m, so in some ways, a single game return of 10m euros (of course depending on other results) is still potentially huge. i’d love to see us win a pocket a few million extra at least.