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Sevilla boss Antonio Alvarez has become the first casualty of the new season in Spain following their disappointing loss against Hercules.

Sevilla have sacked coach Antonio Alvarez after their less than impressive start to the season continued with a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Hercules, with Gregorio Manzano already appointed to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan hotseat, according to the club's official website sevillacf.com.

Alvarez managed just six months at the helm with the Andalusian outfit having taken over from Manolo Jimenez after a dire run which saw los Nervionenses eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and also saw their Primera Liga challenge fade when they managed just four wins in 14 games.

Despite guiding the club to Copa del Rey glory last season and scraping into fourth place on the last day of the season, Alvarez's fortunes have proved drastically different since the commencement of the current campaign and he has suffered a similar fate to his predecessor.

Under his stewardship Sevilla crashed out of the Champions League in a 5-3 aggregate qualifying round defeat to SC Braga and then they lost their opening Europa League tie at home to Paris Saint-Germain.

On the domestic front they have not faired much better with just two wins from their opening five games and their form in the first few weeks has proved sufficiently worrying for president Jose Maria del Nido to dispense with Alvarez.

In his place comes Manzano, the coach who almost pipped Sevilla to a Champions League place with Mallorca last season before leaving the cash-strapped Balearic outfit by mutual agreement during the summer.

The 54-year-old will take control of his first training session with los Nervionenses on Monday evening.

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