Berizzo pays price for poor run

23 December 2017 04:33:18 EST

Sevilla have sacked coach Eduardo Berizzo in the wake of the midweek defeat at Real Sociedad which extended their winless run to four matches.

The club have already started to search for a new manager with the former Malaga, Osasuna and Rubin Kazan coach Javi Gracia reportedly one of the favourites to succeed Berizzo who only recently returned to work following an operation to treat prostate cancer.

"Sevilla FC would like to express its gratitude to Berizzo for his professionalism, the work he has delivered and his treatment of all the members of the club since his arrival," the club said in a statement announcing the dismissal.

Sevilla finished fourth in La Liga in 2016/17 and are fifth this term, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona.

They have been drawn to face Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League. Sevilla are 6/4 to knock Jose Mourinho's side out of the competition in the new year.

Berizzo was named Sevilla coach in June after Jorge Sampaoli left the club to take charge of Argentina, 250/1 to win the 2018 World Cup. He had been in charge of Celta Vigo for the previous three seasons.

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