Machin handed Espanyol role

Sevilla have dismissed coach Pablo Machin following their Europa League exit at the hands of Slavia Prague on Thursday.

Pablo Machin has been appointed as Espanyol’s new coach after David Gallego was sacked by the Primera Liga outfit on Monday.

Los Periquitos moved to replace Gallego after he managed just seven wins in 16 games at the helm, having only replaced the outgoing Rubi in the summer.

However, only one of those victories came in eight La Liga matches this season and the Catalan club sit just above the winless Leganes in 19th position.

Espanyol are also involved in the Europa League group stages and have four points from two games, having followed up a 1-1 home draw against Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros with an impressive 2-0 win at CSKA Moscow last Thursday.

Machin arrives with good experience of managing in Spain and made his name in a four-year stint at Girona, who he guided to their first ever promotion to the top-flight in 2017 and a top-half finish in the following 2017-18 season.

The 44-year-old endured a disappointing spell at Sevilla last term which resulted in him being sacked in March on the back of the side’s Europa League elimination against Slavia Prague.

Machin will now hope to resurrect his career at the RCDE Stadium and help guide Espanyol away from La Liga relegation trouble, while also making progress into the Europa League knockout rounds.