Revista: Juan Carlos Garrido reflects on his 48-day stint in charge of Real Betis

Last Updated: 25/02/14 8:33am

48 days in charge for Garrido

Former Real Betis manager Juan Carlos Garrido admitted he took over at the club at the worst possible moment as instability tore away at their campaign to survive in La Liga.

Garrido replaced the sacked Pepe Mel, now at West Brom, in November but was only afforded 48 days, and nine official games, in charge at Betis before he was also dismissed as the club continued to toil in the Spanish top flight.

"Of course in the winter period the club wanted to change some players and to improve the squad but we could not do it in the way that we wanted and the team is now playing in a very difficult situation."

Juan Carlos Garrido

Since Garrido's departure in January, Betis have failed turn around their form and are staring at relegation. They are ten points adrift of safety and six points off second-bottom Rayo Vallencano.

"For me to be the manager of Real Betis, I was really proud because it is a very important club with fantastic supporters," Garrido told Revista. "But I think that I arrived there in their worst moment.

"There were a lot of institutional problems and the team now is out of confidence. In the beginning of the season they made a lot of changes to the squad.

"They changed the manager, the director of football, the administrator and then the manager again - it was a difficult situation."

Garrido said that when he was in charge they tried hard to improve the squad and sign new players to bolster their survival campaign, but they failed to bring in the required quality.

However, he empathises with the current players, whom he says are feeling the pressure, and insists they will battle to the end.

"The players are really affected by the situation, of course," he said. "They are humans and they are in the situation. They are seeing that they are not improving - the opposite. They are feeling the situation and feeling that the supporters are really hungry.

"To change one manager, and then another manger - for the players it is difficult. Of course in the winter period the club wanted to change some players and to improve the squad but we could not do it in the way that we wanted and the team is now playing in a very difficult situation.

"It is a really difficult situation for the next games. But I know they will be fighting until the end and they will be trying to do their best until the end."