Alvarez pays price for European exit

Antonio Alvarez has conceded Sevilla’s early elimination from the Champions League meant he was always living on borrowed time.

Alvarez was sacked late on Sunday night, and replaced by Gregorio Manzano, just hours after his team lost 2-0 to Hercules.

It was the Andalusian club’s first defeat of the Primera Division season but that solid start was not enough to drag Alvarez back into credit following the failure to reach the Champions League group stages.

Sevilla exited Europe’s premier club competition after losing in the play-off round over two legs to Portuguese club Braga.

And Alvarez believes the club’s board had him walking a tightrope ever since.

He told Radio Marca: “I have to accept the decision because it is the way it is in football. There is not a lot of patience.

“I did not feel I had the full and unanimous support of the club and the fans.

“But it was the Braga tie which did the most damage.

“Because of that the team had to win every game for the debate (over his future) to end. The pressure was enormous.”

Despite being sacked Alvarez, who led the club to Copa del Rey glory last season after succeeding Manolo Jimenez, claimed he had still achieved a lifetime ambition by managing Sevilla.

He said: “I have been at this club for over 30 years. I had a dream that one day I would become coach and I have fulfilled that dream.

“But now I have to seek new horizons.”

More in this Section

Boys in Green face March mission against SlovakiaBoys in Green face March mission against Slovakia

McCarthy ready to start afresh in MarchMcCarthy ready to start afresh in March

Ireland’s stunning fightback stuns SwedesIreland’s stunning fightback stuns Swedes

Championship 2020 set for West Cork ‘group of death’Championship 2020 set for West Cork ‘group of death’


Lifestyle

Tis the season for sequins and excess, but minimalists can stick to their style guns in the season’s next level neutrals. From low-key glitz that’s perfect for party wear to the wardrobe heroes with trans-seasonal appeal, slide into neutral for maximum style with minimal effort. Carolyn Moore reports.Low-key glitz for minimalists with this season's neutrals

How to plump, hydrate and get rid of spots fast before your Christmas party.The Skin Nerd: Getting your quick fix for the festive party season

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy brought music star PJ Harvey to Afghanistan to film part of their documentary, writes Esther McCarthy.Headlong into the war zone in new documentary

Kya deLongchamps shows us how to champion our environmentWinter greens: How to champion our environment this season

More From The Irish Examiner