Football management at the highest level has proven yet again to take absolutely no prisoners.
When Leicester won the Premier League as 5,000/1 outsiders their achievement was lauded as one of the greatest upsets the sport has ever seen. It was a fairytale story with a script akin to a Hollywood movie that all football fans could only sit back and appreciate in awe as it unfolded in front of their eyes.
Nine months later, the man who steered The Foxes ship to the most remarkable of title wins was fired as the team found themselves in a troubling run of form. It was a bleak day in the history of football optimists and it put a black mark on one of the most feel-good underdog success stories ever seen.
Itshowed us all that the game of football has lost its soul.
In Spain, that point has been reinforced on Friday night with the news that Sevilla have sacked their manager Eduardo Berizzo one week after his return to the dugout following successful surgery to treat prostate cancer.
A club statement read:
“Sevilla FC would like to express its gratitude to Berizzo for his professionalism, the work he has delivered and his treatment of all the members of the club since his arrival.”
Berrizo was informed of the news following his side’s 3-1 loss away to Real Sociedad on Wednesday. The team currently sit fifth in the league, trailing league leaders Barcelona by 13 points. The club has a Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United to look forward to in February.
It is believed that Berrizo informed his players of his illness at half-time of their home group stage fixture against Liverpool in November when they were 3-0 down. The team memorably came back to salvage a 3-3 draw in an inspired second-half performance.
Having only joined the club from Celta Vigo during the summer, Berrizo will now be on the lookout for a new post while Sevilla seek to have him replaced before the end of the winter break.
Sentiment is no longer present in football with over-expectation combined with ruthless results-driven decision making here to stay.