Sevilla have reached an settlement with former supervisor Jorge Sampaoli to return to the membership to exchange Julen Lopetegui, sources have informed ESPN.
Lopetegui, who secured Champions League qualification for Sevilla in every of his earlier three years in cost and received the Europa League in 2020, has come underneath strain after a tough begin to the season.
Sevilla are seventeenth in LaLiga with 5 factors from seven video games, one level above the relegation zone, and have been crushed 2-0 at residence by Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Sources stated Sampaoli, 62 — who has coached the Chile and Argentina nationwide groups in addition to Santos and Atletico Mineiro in Brazil and Marseille in France within the final decade — will signal a two-year contract to take over as soon as Lopetegui has departed.
The timing of Lopetegui’s exit has been the one sticking level, with Sevilla in Champions League motion towards Borussia Dortmund on the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Wednesday.
Sources informed ESPN that they anticipated Lopetegui’s sacking to be made official on Wednesday night time or Thursday morning.
Talks between Sevilla and Sampaoli moved quick, with the Argentinian out of labor after leaving Marseille in July.
Sources near the Ligue 1 membership informed ESPN that Sampaoli had made “outsized” calls for after guiding them to second place within the league behind Paris Saint-Germain in 2021-22.
Sevilla thought of a variety of alternate options to Sampaoli, however his familiarity with the membership and town, having been in cost for the 2016-17 season, labored in his favour.
That yr, Sevilla completed fourth in LaLiga with 72 factors — after topping the desk earlier within the marketing campaign — and reached the Champions League round-of-16 earlier than Sampaoli left to take cost of Argentina.