Sevilla have surprisingly announced the dismissal of Coach Eduardo Berizzo, just a month after he was diagnosed with cancer.
The shock decision was made on Friday afternoon by the Board of Directors and they blamed a poor run of form.
“Sevilla FC reports it has already begun talks to formalise the hiring of the new Coach, who is expected to start training after the Christmas holidays,” read a statement.
Wednesday’s defeat at Real Sociedad was their seventh away loss in nine outings, while Friday night’s scoreless draw at home to Levante culminated in the club’s fans booing off the team.
Sevilla sit fifth in La Liga and they remain in both the Copa Del Rey and Champions League but performances have been unconvincing.
The 5-1 thrashing at Spartak Moscow alongside heavy defeats at Valencia and Real Madrid (4-0 and 5-0 respectively) have heightened unrest at the club, with many infuriated at Berizzo’s rotation policy.
The Coach was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month, but that did not prove any real obstacle to his dismissal.
There is also a belief that the removal of Berizzo could pave a way back for Steven N’Zonzi, who has fallen out of favour with the management team after a row.