Real Betis sack manager Pepe Mel after losing four of their last five

BY foxsports • January 10, 2016

Pepe Mel has been sacked by Real Betis for the second time in his career.

The former West Brom boss, now 52, began a second spell in charge of the Andalusian club in December 2014, having previously been Betis manager between February 2010 and December 2013.

But after Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Getafe left Betis 15th in the Primera Division table, the board has opted to dispense of his services once again.

A statement published on realbetisbalompie.es on Sunday night read: "Real Betis appreciate the services rendered to our club by Pepe Mel and wish him well in his future professional endeavors."

President Juan Carlos Ollero and director of sport Eduardo Macia will now hold a press conference at which they are expected to explain Mel's departure.

The Madrid-born tactician steered Betis back into La Liga as Segunda Division champions in 2014-15 but the team have failed to win a top-flight game since November, losing four of their last five matches to slip to within five points of the relegation zone.

He also won promotion during his first stint at the Benito Villamarin and went on to secure qualification to the Europa League with a seventh-placed finish in 2012-13.

After leaving Seville in December of that year, he took control at Barclays Premier League outfit West Brom but lasted only four months at The Hawthorns.


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