Real Betis to appoint Fernandez as coach - report

December 22, 2006

MADRID, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Struggling Primera Liga side Real Betis are set to appoint former French international Luis Fernandez to replace Javier Irureta as coach, Spanish media reported on Friday.

The well-travelled 47-year-old has coached at Paris St Germain, Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao among others. While at PSG he led them to victory in the Cup Winners' Cup final in 1996.

With Betis, he will be expected to reverse the fortunes of a club placed 18th in the 20-team league.

Irureta, who replaced Llorenc Serra Ferrer in June, quit on Thursday after winning just three of their 15 league matches, although they are still in the King's Cup which they won in 2005.

The Andalucian club had said they wanted a replacement by Dec. 29 and press speculation had linked former France coach Jacques Santini and the club's former sporting director Faruk Hadzibegic with the job.