After a topsy-turvy 2018, former Spain and Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui has found a new home.
The 52-year-old head man inked a deal to become Sevilla FC’s manager next season.
The deal, in fact, will keep the Basque coach in Sevilla until the summer of 2022.
Lopetegui will get back on his feet with a team that finished in 6th place in La Liga last season, qualifying for a UEFA Europa League berth. Sevilla, one of the biggest teams in Spain, will look to win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League next season.
2018 was an extremely strange year for the coach, who started it off preparing to be the Spanish National Team’s Head Coach for the 2018 World Cup.
However, after agreeing to a deal to become Real Madrid’s coach just before the tournament, he was asked to leave the national team.
Things didn’t go well for him in Madrid, as he was sacked in October after a disappointing start to the year. It wasn’t the way he envisioned his exit from one of the most enticing international jobs on Earth going.
Now, Lopetegui will have the opportunity to coach Sevilla and re-establish both his name and reputation in the coaching world. If all goes well, he could find himself back in the conversation as one of the best coaches on the planet.