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Montella will remain at Sevilla; Arias sacked

Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella will remain in charge of the club next season, but Oscar Arias has been sacked from his role.

A run of inconsistent performances at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan since taking over as manager in January have seen the Italian coach come under a wave of pressure.

Whilst the Andalusian club had a good Champions League run, which saw them beat Manchester United at Old Trafford before being knocked out in the quarter-final stage by Bayern Munich – Sevilla have struggled domestically, whilst they were thumped by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey last weekend.

That result, mixed with poor form – led to a five hour crisis meeting between board members on Tuesday evening, leading to the sacking of sporting director Arias.

Arias replaced now-Roma man Monchi last summer but a number of decisions he made have been largely criticised.

Montella, however, will remain at the club, honouring his contract which expires next summer.

This decision comes after reports were made that former boss Joaquin Caparros could replace the former AC Milan man.

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“Sevilla FC is confident of having a new Director of Football within the month and is already working on a new technical configuration,” President Jose Castro told a press conference.

“We are without a doubt at the edge of a change in who will direct our Sporting Committee, because above all else we know that there have been mistakes this year that we have to put right.

“We have things to change and we will change them because that’s why we’re here and we have that responsibility”.

Caparros, who is currently enjoying a break from football – spent five years at Sevilla, between 2000 and 2005 – before a spell with Osasuna.

He is now expected to take up a different role at the club, following the backing of Montella.

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