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Guus Hiddink was sacked as
coach of Real Betis on Tuesday after only three months with the
relegation-threatened Spanish first division club.
The Dutchman, who took charge of Seville-based Betis at the
beginning of February, was dismissed in the early hours of the
morning after a meeting with club president Manuel Ruiz de
Lopera.
Hiddink, former coach of the Dutch national team and Real
Madrid, is expected to take over at Scottish premier league
Celtic at the end of the season, according to Scottish media
reports.
Betis are on the brink of relegation to the second division,
languishing 18th in the 20-team Spanish league, five points away
from salvation with just three games left to play.
The final straw for Lopera apparently came after watching
the side lose 4-0 to a modest Real Mallorca side on Sunday.
Betis midfielder Sebastian Romero admitted the news had come
as a shock to the squad, who turned up for training as normal on
Tuesday.
"Hiddink was hurt because no one likes to be sacked but this
sort of thing happens in football and you have to be prepared
for it," Romero said.
"It wasn't something I expected even after the Mallorca
game. We came to training today and discovered this."
Hiddink arrived at Betis on February 1 to replace Argentine
coach Carlos Griguol.
On his arrival he talked about hauling the club up from 16th
place in the table to a UEFA Cup qualification place but his
time at Betis has seen matters go from bad to worse.
His 13 league games in charge have brought just one victory,
as well as six defeats and six draws.
 
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