‘Sacking Berizzo purely technical’

Sevilla President Jose Castro insists the sacking of Eduardo Berizzo “was irrespective of his illness and purely technical.”

Berizzo’s dismissal came in bad taste to some, given he had only recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer and was receiving treatment, but Castro made it clear “the feelings weren’t good with our performances or results” under the Argentine.

“The right thing to do was to look at several options, and the Christmas break gave us that possibility,” he said at the official unveiling of new boss Vincenzo Montella.

“We couldn’t afford to make any mistakes and had to weigh up different options. Vincenzo was sporting management’s first choice and we’re happy with him.

“N’Zonzi? There haven’t been any offers from Everton for N’Zonzi. He didn’t play before on technical grounds and now he will or won’t play on the same basis.

“We want to have good players to help us achieve our objectives. Berizzo’s sacking? We have huge demands and the feelings weren’t good with our performances or results.

“Our decision was irrespective of his illness and purely technical. Those who think otherwise are wrong and don’t know this club. He’ll always have our support.”

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