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Jan 19, 2014

Betis sack Garrido, hire Calderon

Real Betis manager Juan Carlos Garrido has lasted just 48 days in charge of the club after being sacked following the 5-0 loss to Real Madrid.

Juan Carlos Garrido has had to contend with serious injury problems this season
Juan Carlos Garrido has been sacked by Real Betis after just 48 days.

The 44-year-old Garrido took the reins of the Andalusian club after current West Brom boss Pepe Mel was fired in December.

However, Garrido was also shown the door after failing to win a single La Liga game in his short tenure.

Announcing the decision, Betis said in a statement on their website: “Juan Carlos Garrido is no longer the coach of Real Betis.

“The club has decided to dispense with his services. The coach, who has not achieved the desired results, will not lead the team tomorrow. The intention of the board is that the new coach, who arrives tonight, will immediately take over the team.

“The club wishes to acknowledge the work and dedication of Juan Carlos Garrido and his staff during these months and wishes him luck for the future.”

Later on Sunday, former Betis player Gabriel Humberto Calderon was confirmed as the club's third boss of the season.

"It is the dream I have always had," the former Bahrain coach said. "When the situation is as delicate as this I come running.

"Betis needs all its Beticos. When a loved one is sick then we all join our forces to help him. I am coming here with the dream and conviction that we can get out of this."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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