Former Sevilla international Manolo Jiménez took over as first team coach after Juande Ramos' departure in October 2007 from Sevilla Atlético, the club he was managing at the time. During his first season, he managed to straighten out a team that was languishing in mid-table, leaving them in fifth place. In the following season, 2008/09, despite the departure of important players and an early elimination from European competition, Jiménez managed to get the team to third place, reaching the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup.
Jiménez would hold the position of Sevilla coach until March 2010, when, after a series of matches without a win, he was dismissed from his post. By then, however, he had managed to qualify the team for the final of the Spanish Cup, which would eventually be won by the Nervión club under his replacement Antonio Álvarez.