Alvaro Vadillo is of the firm belief that Real Betis made a huge error by sacking Pepe Mel as its manager.
51-year old Madrid-born Mel was dismissed as Beticos boss in December last year when the Andalusian club were struggling at the foot of the Spanish La Liga table.
The fate of the Verdiblancos has not improved since Gabriel Calderon took the reins at Estadio Bentio Villamarin with the Argentine tactician seeing the Seville club remain bottom of the pile, ten points from safety.
Mel was relieved of his duties by Betis after his side drew 2-2 with former club Rayo Vallecano on December 1 which came in the wake of a humiliating 4-0 derby defeat to Sevilla in late November.
He took the reins at Premier League club West Bromwich Albion in January, following the sacking of Steve Clarke, and currently sees the West Midlands club sitting 16th on England's top flight just three points above the drop zone.
It took former Betis striker Mel nine matches to record his first win in England while recent results have seen the Baggies take five points from three fixtures, edging them towards safety.
19-year old Spanish winger Vadillo, who began his career under Mel, feels his club could at least be in a similar position if the tactician remained, prompting him to bemoan the decision of the Betis board.
"It was a mistake the dismissal of Pepe Mel, he would have pulled this off," Vadillo told AS.
On Sunday, Calderon's Betis were beaten 2-0 by arch rivals Sevilla which sees them deep in the relegation mire with just five fixtures remaining.
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