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Joaquin Caparros replaced Vincenzo Montella as Sevilla manager.

Joaquin Caparros does not want to be paid to guide Sevilla for the remaining four league games of the season.

The 62-year-old took over as caretaker following the dismissal of Vincenzo Montella on Saturday.

Caparros, Sevilla’s third coach of the campaign, takes over a side that is eighth in the standings with four games remaining and in danger of not qualifying for Europe.

“To put a contract for less than a month, when all the games that we have left are in Seville and we don’t even have to travel, I just didn’t think it was necessary to be paid,” Caparros told Onda Cero radio.

Caparros, who resigned as coach of Qatari outfit Al Ahli SC in December, has returned for a second spell with home club Sevilla, the team he managed from 2000 until 2005.

“When we spoke about wages for these remaining four games, the first thing he [Caparros] told me is that he doesn’t want to know anything about money,” Sevilla president Pepe Castro told his club’s website.

“Caparros does not want to be paid for these four games. He has arrived accompanied by these professionals, all Sevillistas and insisted that he does not want to be paid for these four games.”

Eduardo Berizzo began the year as Sevilla coach but was sacked in December and replaced by Montella, who guided the Andalusian club to the Copa del Rey final and to the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in 60 years after a victory over Manchester United in the round of 16.

Sevilla lost 2-1 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The club gave Montella a vote of confidence after his team’s 5-0 defeat to Barcelona.

Under Montella, Sevilla won five, drew four and lost eight league games, but the club had reconsidered and decided to part with Montella after Friday’s 2-1 defeat at Levante.

The Italian coach thanked his players and the fans in a farewell video posted on the club’s twitter page and said: “I’m very sorry for the last few days, I can only say that I’ve worked with strength and enthusiasm until the end.

“I’m convinced that Sevilla can reach Europe and that is why I ask the fans to be close to the players.

“I want to thank everyone, the club, the president the players and the fans. It has been a marvellous experience, we’ve made history with this club and it’s been an honour for me to coach the team at this time.

“We’ve paid for the sacrifice made in the Champions League, and the Copa del Rey, in La Liga. I will never forget this experience.”

Sevilla host Real Sociedad on Friday before welcoming Real Madrid to the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on May 9.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.





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