Ha pasada mucho tiempo…

It has been a whole calendar year and some since I last caressed my fingers over the keyboard of Béticoblog. My very last post was saying hasta luego to Don Pepe Mel after his sacking from Real Betis Balompié on 2nd December 2013. How things have changed since then both for me and for Betis!

As everyone knows Pepe Mel is back again leading los verdiblancos! Evidence that the decision to sack him wasn’t the brightest idea from the board. However, in the immediate time between his two stints in charge, Betis have been in nothing short of turmoil.

Four managers in a year. Yes, FOUR. Two changes in Club President and one relegation. Some things haven’t changed though. Bad news that is unchanged: The saga with Señor Manuel Ruiz de Lopera is still on-going in the Seville courts. Good news that is unchanged: Rubén Castro and Jorge Molina are still firing the goals in.

So after:

1) Juan Carlos Garrido

2) Gaby Calderón

3) Julio Velázquez

4) Juan Merino,

Pepe Mel is back with a vengeance. Luckily, his stint at West Bromwich Albion wasn’t too successful and he is now back where he belongs. Since he took charge again, Betis have gone from strength to strength and are looking in fantastic shape to make return to La Liga. The table below as on Sunday 26th April makes for joyous viewing.

Arriba! Arriba! Arriba!

Arriba! Arriba! Arriba!

Betis’ form has been fantastic since the turn of the year. The last 10 games reads: W10, D1, L1. Now, with 7 games left to play, Betis are 8 points clear from dropping out of the automatic promotion places. This weekend, despite putting in a pretty rubbish display, we recorded a 2-1 away victory at Deportivo Aláves in the Basque Country thanks to goals from, you guessed it, Jorge Molina and Rubén Castro, and a rock solid performance from Adán in goal.

Little and Large: Molina y Rubén Castro

Little and Large: Molina y Rubén Castro

Next up is Llagostera at home (who just drew 0-0 with Betis rivals Sporting Gijón). I shall be provided updates of Betis’ progress as the strive for the glory land of La Liga! Viva el Betis!