Real Betis have confirmed the appointment of Celta Vigo’s Miguel Torrecilla as their new sporting director on a four-year contract.
Torrecilla [pictured, right] was immediately installed as the favourite to replace Eduardo Macia, who departed Betis last Monday, despite the Andalusians being set to finish significantly lower in this season’s Primera table than European qualifiers Celta.
“The board of Los Verdiblancos want to start a new phase of growth with the Salamanca native, who has starred in a successful period with RC Celta de Vigo,” reads a statement on Betis’ official website.
The 46-year-old, who also served the offices of lower-League clubs Novelda, Cartagena and Salamanca, will be unveiled by Betis at 13:00 CET on Wednesday.
Speaking before his appointment, Torrecilla clarified his decision to swap Celta for Benito Villamarin was not motivated by the promise of a bigger pay packet.
“I haven’t gone for the money as it was never a problem,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.
“It’s not an escape, but my obsession was to choose a good time to leave and this has been one of the best [spells] in [Celta’s] history.
“If the timing was bad, it could’ve been seen as an escape, and I didn’t mean for that.”