Sevilla have announced that former Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli will replace Unai Emery at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán next season.
The Europa League holders released a statement welcoming the Argentine on Monday, as he put pen to paper on a two-year contract. A statement on the club’s website hailed the Argentine as “one of the most popular coaches in world football” and backed him to give the club “fresh impetus” to keep progressing.
Sampaoli’s last job was with the Chilean national team, whom he led to the 2015 Copa America on home soil. The Rosario native had previously come to prominence at Santiago’s Universidad de Chile, where he lifted three national championships and a Copa Sudamericana title in just two years.
Having coached in Peru and Ecuador as well as Chile, Sevilla will be the 56-year-old’s first taste of European football.
The 56-year-old acknowledged on Saturday that he was taking over Emery, who is heading to PSG to replace Laurent Blanc.
“I’m hoping that the previous Coach’s exit will be formalised so my arrival can be made official,” he told Radio La Red.
“[The offer from] Sevilla came up this week. This is a team who will play in the Champions League, the [European] Super Cup against Real Madrid and another against Barcelona…
“This is the dream that I had, to manage a team like Sevilla, to compete at this level.”