Setien excited for Betis challenge

Quique Setien has committed himself to helping improve the fortunes of Real Betis after becoming the club's new coach on Friday.

Setien replaces Victor Sanchez, who was at the club for less that a season, and interim manager Alexis Trujillo, having signed a three-year deal with the Green-and-White.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Real Betis Balompie has signed Quique Setien as the new coach for the next three seasons.

"The Cantabrian joins the green and whites until June 2020.

"With the arrival of Setien, the Real Betis bet on a style of play that is close to what the Betis fans demand."

The 58-year-old former Racing Santander, Poli Ejido, Equatorial Guinea, Logrones and Lugo manager, most recently led Las Palmas to a 14th place La Liga finish after two seasons at the club.

Betis finished 15th in La Liga last season.

Upon his unveiling, Setien said: "I want to thank the chairman and the football director for giving me the chance to manage such a big club. 

"I’m conscious of the responsibility I take, I know where I am coming. I know what Betis means. I take full responsibility from now on. 

"I understand football from the ball possession. I have a relationship with the players based on mutual understanding, I still feel like a player. I think that is key to get the best from every footballer.

"All the players like to play football. We have to develop that, to feel it. 

"I’m, in deed, very excited. I think it won’t take a lot to convince them.”