I should probably let you know that his morning's Seville edition of national sports daily AS featured a big picture of ex-Real Madrid midfield legend Míchel, declaring him el eligido (the chosen one). In other words, if Pepe Mel's time at Betis is coming to an end, it seems we have a successor in place (if AS is to be believed, which it might not be). Míchel, who is about the same age as Mel, was most recently coach at Getafe, with whom he achieved the not inconsiderable feat of keeping them in Primera both seasons he was in charge. (By the way, his name is pronounced more "Mitchell" than "Michelle". if you're a fan of the TV show Modern Family, just imagine Gloria calling out to her husband's bearded gay son and you'll just about have it.)
The article accompanying the front page splash is notably short on detail - basically it comes down to the fact that he's an old friend of Rafael Gordillo and, more importantly, is free - but it's hard to disagree that Míchel is one of the better candidates available. He is very well respected within Spanish football, more or less enhanced his reputation at Getafe and is apparently affordable.
But let's hope it doesn't come to that. A quick straw poll this morning among friends, students and assorted other Sevillano Béticos as to whether Pepe Mel should be sacked came down about 50-50, but there's a 100 per cent lack of overt enthusiasm for any of the more likely names to replace him, including Míchel. It wouldn't take much - a win in Pamplona on Sunday, for example - to lighten the burden on Mel considerably.