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Betis sack Garrido

Real Betis have sacked coach Juan Carlos Garrido, with his successor due to be announced imminently.

Garrido was relieved of his duties on Sunday, becoming the latest man to pay the price for the club’s struggles in La Liga.

Garrido’s last game in charge saw Betis lose 5-0 at home to Real Madrid on Saturday, a result that leaves them eight points adrift of safety and rock-bottom of the division.

The club confirmed that a new coach has already been decided upon, with a press conference believed to have been organised for Monday for his presentation to the press.

The new man at the helm will become the club’s third coach of the season, after Garrido replaced the sacked Pepe Mel in December.

Mel – who now manages Premier League side West Brom – was replaced within an hour by Garrido following his departure, and the club appear ready to move swiftly again.

Garrido was unable to arrest a disastrous slump in form, having failed to guide the club to a league win in his five attempts.

The 44-year-old took charge of 10 matches in all competitions, with both of his wins coming in the Copa del Rey, although Betis were knocked out at the round-of-16 stage by Athletic Bilbao on aggregate earlier this month.

The club have struggled to juggle league commitments with their UEFA Europa League exertions this season.

They qualified from the group stage of the second-tier European competition and will face Rubin Kazan over two legs in the last 32 next month.

Sun 19 January, 2014
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