Sevilla have sacked manager Eduardo Berizzo, just a week after he returned from his prostate cancer surgery, the club announced on their official website.
The Spaniard only joined the Andalusian outfit in June, following a three-year spell at Celta Vigo, but a run of four games without a win, including a 3-1 defeat to Real Sociedad in which Berizzo was criticised for his squad selection, has seen an end to his short spell in the south.
The 48-year-old’s announcement to his players about suffering from cancer went viral, telling them at half-time when Sevilla were 3-0 down against Liverpool, only for Los Rojiblancos to come back and draw the match 3-3.
Berizzo out despite cancer struggles
It may seem a harsh move, considering his recent spell away from the dugout due to illness, but an explosive fallout with star midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who has since told the media that he wishes to leave the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
Following surgery at the end of November, Berizzo returned to the club for the goalless draw against Levante, before losing to Real Sociedad days later.
Sevilla now do not play until 3rd January, when they face Cadiz in the Copa del Rey, and the board hope to have a new man in the hotseat before they travel to coastal side.
Former Rubin Kazan and Malaga coach Javi Gracia is among the favourites to replace Berizzo, but Champions League-winning manager at Barcelona, Luis Enrique, is also being mooted to take over.