Sevilla sack coach Eduardo Berizzo after return from cancer surgery

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Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo has been sacked after he had a cancer surgery
Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo has been sacked after he had a cancer surgery

Sevilla have sacked head coach Eduardo Berizzo a week after he returned from cancer surgery.

The Argentine, 48, took charge of the 0-0 draw with Levante on 15 December following a successful prostate operation in November.

Sevilla, who lost 3-1 at Real Sociedad on Wednesday, have taken only one point from their past three La Liga games and are fifth in the table, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Berizzo joined from Celta Vigo in May.

His condition was made public after Sevilla came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Liverpool in the Champions League group stage on 21 November.

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In a statement, Sevilla said the process to find a new head coach had started.

Their next match is at home to rivals Real Betis on 6 January.

Sevilla face Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, with the first leg in Seville on 21 February.

During his 18-year professional career he played for six teams in four countries, mainly Newell’s Old Boys, River Plate and Celta.

The bearer of an Italian passport, he did not occupy a non-European Union spot while competing in Europe.

Berizzo represented Argentina in two Copa América tournaments. He started working as a manager in 2007, first as an assistant in the Chile national team.