Sevilla passed up Wenger in favour of Machín - reports
The former Arsenal manager was interested in the vacancy at the Sánchez Pizjuán but Sevilla were already deep in talks with the high-flying Girona boss.
Sevilla had the opportunity to sign Arsene Wenger as their new manager before settling on former Girona boss Pablo Machín, according to a report in Spanish broadsheet ABC.
Wenger was apparently keen to take up the post at the Sánchez Pizjuán after Joaquin Caparrós guided the side back into Europe during a four-game stint at his lifelong club following the departure of Vincenzo Montella, who was Sevilla’s second coach of the season after Eduardo Berizzo was sacked shortly before Christmas. However, negotiations with Machín were already at an advanced stage and backed by Caparrós, who moved upstairs to occupy the director of football role after his unexpected return to the Sánchez Pizjuán in April.
Wenger keen to find another managerial role
According to ABC, Wenger was excited by the prospect of a crack at management in LaLiga after 22 years with Arsenal but it was felt that Machín’s pedigree in the division after a spectacular season with promoted Girona, in their first-ever top-flight campaign, and the fact that an offer was on the table made him the front-runner ahead of the 68-year-old Frenchman, who has also been linked with the vacant Real Madrid position following the departure of Zinedine Zidane last week.