Jimenez sacked by Sevilla after Champions League exit
Wednesday 24 March 2010
Sevilla have sacked head coach Manolo Jimenez following a run of seven games without a win and a shock Champions League exit at the hands of CSKA Moscow.
The Sanchez Pizjuan club decided to make a change after a 1-1 home draw with lowly Xerez on Tuesday evening, which left Sevilla in fifth place in La Liga.
Jimenez, 46, took charge of the Rojiblancos first team in October 2007, having previously worked as reserve team coach at the club where he spent most of his playing career.
The club’s sporting director Ramon Monchi Rodriguez told reporters: “The decision was very painful.
“He has done everything possible and we only have words of gratitude for his work, but it is the time to rejuvenate the team.”
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is to be investigated by the Spanish Football Federation following his angry blast at the officials during and after a La Liga game against Almeria.
The normally mild-mannered coach was sent to the stands during the 2-2 draw on March 6 before accusing the match officials of lying following their post-match explanation of his expulsion.
"The competition committee have decided to open extraordinary disciplinary proceedings against Pep Guardiola," confirmed a Barcelona statement.
"The reason is a presumed infraction of articles 66 or 89 of the disciplinary code consisting of 'marked and public acts which threaten sporting dignity and decorum'.
"The competition committee did not pay attention to the declarations presented on Monday by Barcelona.
"The magistrate, Mr Rafael Alonso Martinez, will have a month from today to propose either a stay of proceedings or the list of charges and the punishment to be imposed."
Fiorentina midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas insists talk of an summer switch to Real Madrid is 'all lies'.
The Peruvian star was reported to have agreed a 15million euros switch to the Bernabeu, but Vargas himself insists he is fully focused and committed to the Florence club.
"My future? There are many rumours. I am focused on doing well with Fiorentina," he said.
"We will see in future. Have Real Madrid contacted me? No. It's all lies, I can assure you. Nothing like this has happened."
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Best memes as Twitter reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal joins Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Sami Khedira
Mario Balotelli takes 50 per cent pay cut to join Liverpool as Samuel as Eto’o waits in the wings if deal falls through
Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
Click here for the full story." title="When a youngster asked for an autograph outside Manchester City's training ground, Balotelli demanded to know why the boy was playing truant. After the child revealed he was being bullied, Balotelli drove the boy and his mother to the school in question so he could tackle the bully himself. He demanded to see the headmaster to make him aware of the issue and then mediated between the two boys to resolve the problem. A source said: 'Mario feels strongly about bullying.' Click here for the full story." width="88" height="52" />Mario Balotelli: The funniest stories
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
- 3 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 4 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile