Pepe Mel has offered Real Betis his resignation after admitting “the club have my office at their disposal as of now” in the wake of Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to Eibar.
The Andalucians suffered their second, four-goal hammering in as many games, this time on home soil, to leave them without a win in six and just five points clear of the relegation places in La Liga, and the Coach made it clear he would not cling onto his job.
“I have no problem [with leaving],” he said after the game.
“The fans are sovereign. I understand their boos towards me because we played horribly, but they shouldn’t direct any of their boos towards the players.
“I admit that the fans think I should go and the club have my office at their disposal as of now.
“The Coach is ultimately responsible for what happens, and especially the bad things, but the fans must understand you can’t boo a player until the final whistle because it affects the other 10.
“The others then become more concerned about boosting their teammate’s morale [than the game at hand].
“Eibar are a good team, who were better than us in every aspect, worked very well and earned a fair result.
“There are three solutions: either we all stay together and try to get the most from the squad, bolster the squad during the winter or change the Coach.
“It’s not for me to say which path we must take. I feel good and have no problem, but it’s clear that Mel of two years ago had many more fans than today.
“It’s not normal when a team doesn’t perform to the level we all thought [they were capable of].”