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12:00 AM, December 04, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 04, 2007

Cuper gets the sack

Relegation-threatened Spanish first division side Real Betis have sacked coach Hector Cuper, the club announced via its web site on Monday.
Cuper was dismissed after their latest loss, a 2-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
The Seville-based club, which played in the Champions League two years ago after finishing fourth in La Liga the season before, is second from bottom in with only two wins from 14 matches.
"Cuper has proven himself to be a gentleman throughout his time at the head of the team. It is the results that have been the reason for his departure," said Betis in a statement published on their official web site.
The 52-year-old Argentine, who has also coached Valencia and Inter Milan among others, joined the club in the summer..
He is the third Spanish first division coach to part company with his club this season, following in the footsteps of Levante's Abel Resino and Valencia's Quique Sanchez Flores of Valencia.
Reserve team coach Francisco Chaparro will again take over as the first team coach, and this time could get the job on a permanent basis..
Chaparro saved Betis from relegation with a win on the final day of last season after former French international Luis Fernandez was sacked following a humiliating 5-0 home defeat in their penultimate game, which had left them in danger of going down.
Cuper first made his name with Real Mallorca, where he had a spell from 1997 to 1999, taking them to the finals of the Spanish Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup as well as a club record third-place finish in the league.
He then moved to Valencia in 1999 and took them to successive Champions League finals in 2000 and 2001 but his recent performances have been less notable.
He joined Mallorca for a second spell in 2005 but quit midway through last season.

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