Wednesday will be remembered in Sevilla as one of the most frustrating days in the recent memory, even though it ended well, with the confirmation of Eduardo Berizzo as the new manager of the club.
Berizzo keeps Sevilla waiting
On Tuesday, everything had been agreed between the club and Berizzo’s agents, and the club’s official media channels were ready to announce the news the following morning. Yet the announcement did not arrive until 0:30 that night. So what happened?
The previous issues surrounding the Argentine’s wage and contract length had been ironed out, but the various clauses in the contract were re-examined by both parties. The contract had to go to Argentina (in soft-copy form) and back to Sevilla before Berizzo’s arrival could be confirmed, and that caused the delay.
Berizzo left Celta Vigo after taking the Galician club to the semi-finals of the Europa League. Juan Carlos Unzué, assistant to Luis Enrique at Barcelona, has taken over at Balaídos.
Pellegrino entered the frame
As night fell in Andalucía, Sevilla put their foot down and delivered an ultimatum to Berizzo’s agents.
Diario de Sevilla has revealed that the club did not receive an immediate reply, and in the intervening period, Sevilla considered former-Alavés coach Mauricio Pellegrino as an alternative. In the end, Berizzo’s contract was returned before the closing time of the ultimatum, and his arrival was made official.
Pellegrino left Alavés at the end of the season, having delivered a highly-respectable mid-table finish, and a run to the final of the Copa del Rey.