Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:59

File - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Barcelona's head coach Quique Setien, right, salutes Betis' head coach Rubi during La Liga soccer match between Betis and Barcelona at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, Spain. Real Betis has fired coach Rubi after the teams third consecutive setback since the Spanish league resumed.The decision was announced early Sunday, June 21, 2020 a few hours after the team lost 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao.Photo AP.

Real Betis have sacked coach Joan Francesc "Rubi" Ferrer just three matches into the resumption of La Liga.

Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao left the club 14th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation places with eight matches to play.

Sports director Alexis Trujillo, who played more than 220 games for Betis, will take over until the end of the season, with Betis next in action against bottom club Espanyol on Thursday.

Top-flight football returned in Spain with Sevilla enjoying a relatively comfortable 2-0 win at home over Betis in the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium last week.

Betis released a statement on Sunday saying Rubi had been relieved of his duties and that sporting director Alexis Trujillo, a former Betis player, would take charge of the team for the final eight games of the season.

Rubi was named Betis coach 12 months ago after guiding Espanyol to seventh last season.

He succeeded Quique Setien who went on to become Barcelona head coach in January.