Ex-Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been sacked for the third time in 18 months

The Uruguayan has been axed by Real Betis after less than four months in the job.

Poyet's time in Spain was short-lived.
Poyet's time in Spain was short-lived.
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GUS POYET HAS been sacked by Real Betis after just 11 games in charge of the La Liga club.

The 48-year-old has paid the price for Betis’ poor run of form which sees them languishing in 14th place, just two points above the relegation zone.

A former midfielder for Uruguay, Real Zaragoza, Chelsea and Tottenham, Poyet only took over from Juan Merino in May.

His departure from the Spanish outfit now means he’s been sacked three times in the last 18 months having been axed by Sunderland and AEK Athens.

Former Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Victor Sanchez del Amo will take over after himself being sacked after just two months at Greek club Olympiakos.

“I arrive at the Real Betis with big hopes and all the motivation in the world,” said Sanchez del Amo who will be officially presented on Monday.

The 40-year-old started his coaching career in 2011 as an assistant at Sevilla followed by Deportivo La Coruna and two stints with Olympiakos.

Poyet becomes the third La Liga coach to be sacked this season after Valencia’s Pako Ayestaran and Granada’s Paco Jemez.

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