Real Betis: Quique Setien could replace Rubi as boss

Real Betis will look to re-appoint Quique Setien to replace current Coach Rubi should they fall to defeat against Valencia, say reports.

Setien left Los Verdiblancos this summer and was replaced by Rubi – who guided Espanyol into Europe last summer – but who has struggled to make a strong start at Betis.

The Seville-based club lie one place above La Liga’s relegation zone with just 13 points from their opening 13 rounds of action, having fallen to a 2-1 defeat in the Seville derby last time out.

Last month, it was claimed by both Cadena Ser and El Desmarque, drawing on reports from Canal Sur, that senior players have requested to Betis president Angel Haro to consider Setien’s return to the club.

Now it is said by El Chiringuito that if Betis struggle to get a result against Los Che this weekend, Rubi may be relieved of his duties and Setien is open to a return to the role.

Setien was appointed at Betis at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, leading them to a 6th-place finish – their highest since 2005, and a return to European football for the first time in five seasons.

However, the Andalusian club suffered a sharp downturn in form in the final six months of his stint and only secured a top-half finish on the final day of the campaign.

Setien led Betis to victories at Barcelona, Real Madrid and Milan last season, alongside defeating Atletico Madrid.

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