Sevilla hire Pablo Machin away from Girona to become new coach

Pablo Machin

Pablo Machin has left Girona to take over as head coach at Sevilla, the Spanish club announced on Monday.

Sevilla, who went through three managers — Eduardo Berizzo, Vincenzo Montella and Joaquin Caparros — on their way to finishing a disappointing seventh, appointed Machin on a two-year contract.

“Machin has made his stamp on the game and now he can use the weapons of a team heading into Europe and which wants to compete at the highest level,” a statement published on Sevilla’s website said.

Under Machin, Girona were one of the success stories of the recently concluded La Liga season as the 43-year-old boss led his promoted Catalan side to a 10th-placed finish in the top flight.

He was under contract for next season and Girona said the coach activated an exit clause after turning down their offer of a longer deal.

Caparros, who coached Sevilla in the early 2000s, last week was announced as the team’s director of football.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.