Real Betis have fired manager Quique Setien just a few hours after their final day 2-0 victory at Real Madrid on Sunday afternoon.
Following a disastrous 15th-place finish in the 2016/17 season, Betis appointed Setien to replace the ousted Víctor Sanchez in a desperate bid to turn things around.
And the former Atletico Madrid midfielder didn’t disappoint by leading the Andalusian club to a superb sixth-place finish in La Liga for his debut campaign in charge at the Benito Villamarin stadium.
However, Setien endured a difficult start to this season as Betis only won four of their opening 13 league matches and were seemingly set to battle for survival.
Los Verdiblancos also fell to a disappointing Round of 32 Europa League exit to French side Rennes and were controversially knocked out of the Copa del Rey semi-finals by Valencia.
Prior to Sunday’s season finale, Betis had lost nine of their last 15 matches across all competitions with Setien subjected to jeers by his own supporters.
Nonetheless, the Spaniard secured a second consecutive top-10 finish for Betis by overseeing a stunning 2-0 win in Real Madrid’s own backyard following second-half goals from Loron Moron and ex-Los Blancos forward Jese Rodriguez.
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Within hours of their famous victory, though, Betis released a statement confirming they had parted ways with Setien.
“Real Betis and their coach, Quique Setien, have decided that the Spaniard will not continue leading the first team from Verdiblanco next season,” read a club statement.
“In the last two years, Setien has taken Real Betis back to European competition, significantly increased the value of the Verdiblanca squad, helped to boost the role of the youth academy and achieved great value wins that will go down in the history of Real Betis.
“For this reason, the club wishes to thank Setien and his technical staff for the work carried out during these two years, in which they have contributed to the sporting growth and stability of the entity, and wish them the best in their personal and professional future.”
As a result of Sunday’s win, Setien became the first La Liga manager to beat Real Madrid and Barcelona away during the same season.
Incidentally, the 60-year-old was linked with a move to Camp Nou in January.