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Espanyol – Pablo Machín
Pablo Machín is the recently-appointed manger of Espanyol where he succeeds the outgoing David Gallego whose reign lasted less than a year. Gallego's dismissal was labelled by many as very premature as Espanyol had finished in a more-than-respectable 7th place in La Liga in the 2018/19 campaign. However, with Espanyol sitting in 19th place in the 2019/20 table having won just one of their opening eight games, the club's board felt it necessary to take decisive action and boot out the manager who had once served them so well. That event has led to Pablo Machín being appointed to the fifth role in his managerial career.
Very unusually for a manager in the modern game, Pablo Machín's playing career was virtually non-existent. This wasn't because Machín was a bad athlete or technically in-proficient but rather due to persistent and pernicious injury problems. He played for his local club, Numancia, throughout the academy stage and his formative years as a player. Staff at the club knew Machín had the ability to go on to play at a high level and he was promoted to the B team in 1993.
In five years with the B team he made a number of appearances in the Segunda Division B from 1993 to 1998. However, his being there was an enforced state of affairs owing to Machín's constant injuries. He would have been playing for the first team and, indeed, made five appearances in his one and only injury-free season in the 1993/1994 campaign, were he not blighted by constant problems.
Sadly, Machín was forced to retire at the age of 23 and reflect on a career that could have been excellent were it not for factors outside his control. Thankfully, Machín found other avenues to continue his involvement in the game. After a six year absence, he returned to the training pitch as part of the youth setup at Numancia. He spent six years coaching youth teams before being appointed as manager of the B team for which he spent so many frustrating years. After a successful single season with the B team, Machín was promoted to the role of assistant manager at Numancia. He played second-fiddle for four years before being handed the top job in 2011. This was his first ever senior position in management and he was determined to make the most of it.
After two decent years in charge of Numancia, Machín took his first role away from the club when he replaced Javi Lopez as a manager of Girona FC. It was with Girona that he would really make a name for himself as a manager and as a personality in Spanish football. He spent four seasons in total with the club. He finished in 3rd place with them in his first campaign, narrowly missing out on promotion to La Liga. Soon after, however, Machín successfully guided Girona to promotion after finishing as runners-up in the Segunda Division in the 2015/16 campaign. In La Liga, Machín was an instant success, guiding Girona to a very creditable 10th placed position and overseeing a 6-0 demolition of UD Las Palmas along the way.
From then, Machín made a momentous switch to Sevilla. His time with the club was unhappy however as he did not settle in brilliantly with his players and with the fans. He was eventually dismissed after less than a year in charge following Sevilla's disappointing Europa League exit at the hands of Slavia Praha.
Now, Machín is back in management with Espanyol. He will be hoping to erase any painful memories of his time with Sevilla in this new adventure.