Marcelino sacked by Sevilla

Sevilla announced on Monday that the club has decided to part ways with manager Marcelino Garcia Toral after a poor run of results by the team.

Marcelino took charge of Sevilla last summer following the departure of former boss Gregorio Manzano, who guided the club to fifth-place finish last term.

The 46-year-old Marcelino was handed a one-year contract in June but he leaves with Sevilla in 11th place and only four points above the drop zone following a seven-game winless streak which was capped on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat against relegation-battling Villarreal.

A statement from Sevilla read: "Sevilla have taken the decision this morning to dismiss the first team coach Marcelino Garcia Toral owing to the negative run of results by the team, with seven matches without a victory, during which time only two points have been won.

"The decision was taken after the president, Jose Maria del Nido, and sporting director Ramon Rodriguez Monchi met with the coach to evaluate the sporting situation. Soon after the meeting Monchi communicated to the coach the decision taken."