Betis sack coach Sanchez af­ter six months

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA: Real Betis have sacked coach Vic­tor Sanchez del Amo af­ter six months in charge with two games re­main­ing in the sea­son, the La Liga side said on Tues­day as they made a sec­ond man­age­rial change of the cam­paign.

Betis guar­an­teed their sur­vival in Spain’s top flight for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son, yet the board turned against Sanchez, who suc­ceeded Gus­tavo Poyet in Novem­ber, af­ter em­bar­rass­ing 41 and 4-0 de­feats to Alaves and Le­ganes re­spec­tively.

The 4-0 thrash­ing on Mon­day at the hands of lowly Le­ganes prompted a damn­ing re­sponse from pres­i­dent An­gel Haro and proved to be Sanchez del Amo’s last game in charge.

“There is only one word for this, shame­ful, it’s un­for­giv­able for the Betis badge to be trod­den on like this,” Haro told re­porters on Mon­day.

“Our pro­fes­sion­als need to re­con­sider what they are do­ing, I ex­pected a lit­tle more love for the shirt in these last few games and I can see that the team is not com­pet­ing.”

Sanchez won seven, drew five and lost 13 of his 25 league matches in charge.

Betis are one of nine teams to have won the La Liga ti­tle and are one of the best sup­ported clubs in Spain but a com­bi­na­tion of fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment and mis­judged coach­ing ap­point­ments have seen them fall on hard times.

The Seville club were rel­e­gated for a third time in 14 years in 2014 and although they re­turned to the top flight a year later they have con­tin­ued to un­der­per­form, with man­agers typ­i­cally hav­ing a short life­span.

As­sis­tant coach Alexis Tru­jil­los has been named as Sanchez del Amo’s suc­ces­sor for the re­main­ing two games of the cam­paign, be­com­ing the club’s sev­enth coach since 2013.

Betis are cur­rently 15th in the stand­ings on 37 points, 10 clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Reuters

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