Betis sack Mel

MADRID: Real Betis sacked former West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel for the second time on Sunday following a run of eight games without a win. “The Betis board have decided tonight to sack Pepe Mel as coach of the first team,” Betis said in a statement on their website. Mel lead Betis to promotion and a seventh-placed finish in his first spell at the club before being sacked in December 2013. He then saved West Brom from relegation in six months with the Baggies in 2014 before returning to Betis in December of that year. Mel again oversaw promotion to the Spanish top-flight last season. But after a bright start to the campaign, three consecutive league defeats have left Betis just five points off the relegation zone.