Marcelino tempted by Real Betis job

Real Betis currently have a three-man shortlist of managers to replace Rubi at the end of the current season.

As outlined by Estadio Deportivo, former Watford boss Javi Gracia and Manuel Pellegrini – formerly of Malaga, Manchester City and West Ham, among others – are said to be options for the bench, with former Valencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral also in the frame.

It is claimed by the report that whilst all three have different styles, each has a profile that could lift Betis into the European positions for next season.

Marcelino is said to be open to the possibility of taking the job at Betis although the club would need to meet certain conditions for the Coach who is also said to be being courted by Milan.

It is claimed that Pablo Longoria – Marcelino’s sporting director at the Mestalla, with whom he shared a close relationship – could also join Betis as part of the move to secure the Coach.

Longoria is said to be keen to head a big club’s sporting direction and Betis could be the best fit for him and his working relationship with Marcelino could seal the deal.

Marcelino has been without a job since leaving Valencia at the start of the season, where he was replaced by Albert Celades following a fallout with the club’s hierarchy.

It follows a Deportes Cuatro report, which claims the side’s limp loss in the Seville derby on Thursday night has heaped further pressure on boss Rubi who was appointed last summer.

Betis have won just two of their last 13 matches in La Liga and languish in 12th place in the standings although they have played one more game than the teams around them and could end the matchday in 14th.

Los Verdiblancos lost 2-0 at Sevilla on Thursday night – their second defeat of the season to their city rivals – and the manner of the performance was disappointing as they were outplayed until a late rally, while they drew 2-2 with Granada on Monday.

It is said that senior officials at the club have questioned some of Rubi’s decisions, including not starting top scorer Loren Moron or club captain Joaquin in the Seville derby.

Betis are nine points above the relegation zone and it is now reported former Espanyol boss Rubi is likely to be sacked in the summer if not beforehand.

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