So, you've got a friend, someone you've known for years, and he rings you one day to tell you he's met someone new - let's call her Pepa - and he thinks she might be the one. You're not sure at first, but you soon realise they're the perfect couple and couldn't be more delighted when they announce they're moving in together. Several years of love and happiness follow and when, for reasons that you don't quite understand, they eventually decide to split, you're heartbroken. Your friend, though, seems to recover with almost indecent haste and is soon wanting to introduce you to his latest squeeze - let's call her Juanita - whom he says you'll just love. Now, at this point isn't there a bit of you that decides you're never going to accept this new girl, simply out of loyalty to Pepa, whom you got on with so well for so many years? Deep down, you probably know you're being unreasonable, but it's still hard.
Well, I'd say that's about where we are with new Betis coach Juan Carlos Garrido, who was presented to the press today by Miguel Guillén. He could be God's gift to football management for all we know - and yet he still wouldn't be Pepe Mel. In theory we should be getting behind him, giving him a chance, uniting behind the team and all that, but it's all still a bit raw. He didn't help his cause with a debut press conference that was 100 per cent football coach cliché-speak - to a backdrop of fans outside singing "Garrido, we don't want you" - and he'd better get the team winning quickly or he's got no chance of lasting till Easter.
What do we know about him? He's 44, from Valencia, and one of those new coaches like Wenger, Mourinho and Villas Boas who was never even a half-decent player. He made his name getting the Villareal B team promoted to Segunda, where they usually gave Betis a tricky game, before he was later made first-team manager. In his first full season he took the Yellow Submarine up to fourth - no mean feat - but was sacked the following December after the club's European games seemed to catch up with them (sound familiar?). He was subsequently appointed coach of Bruges, from where I've heard mixed reports - could one of our Belgian readers fill in the details?
In other words, he's an interesting enough candidate, even if not a cast-iron certainty. Villareal's ex-Bético striker Jonathan Pereira has tweeted "Wishing all the luck in the world at Real Betis to Juan Carlos Garrido, a great trainer and better person" but as Pereira was one of the few players to fall out with Pepe Mel, perhaps we should take that with a pinch of salt. Personally, I reserve the right to withold my support just for the time being; mostly I find I'm kinda with Lee Ann Womack...
Pepe Mel, meanwhile, has today given a series of gracious, good-humoured radio interviews - "the football world is like a ladies' hairdressers' salon, so I knew they were talking to Garrido; when they called me to a meeting I didn't think it was to give me a raise" - in which he refused to blame anyone but himself - "I didn't need explanations, you just have to look at the league table". He affirmed time and time again his heartfelt passion for the club, and claimed that while he wouldn't be returning to the Villamarín as a fan - "the club needs tranquility" - he did intend to stay living in Seville for the time being. "I must be a masochist," he said.
In reality, of course, he's likely to be snapped up before too long - perhaps by Valencia, who have long casted covetous eyes towards him and are down in 9th under unpopular new boss Miroslav Dukic. And a couple of good years there would make his ultimate dream of managing in England a distinct possibility - which in turn would prevent him from returning to Betis, which everyone seems to think will happen at some point, for a good long while.
And in the middle of all this, the players are preparing for a game on Friday - the Copa del Rey first leg away against Lleida. As you might remember, it's also being regarded as a tribute to Miki Roqué, one of countless young players given their chance in the last three and a half years by, well, you know who.