14th January, 2020
After failing to secure an immediate return of Xavi to its fold as a new manager, Barcelona has decided to appoint Quique Setien as a replacement for Ernesto Valverde.
The Spanish football giants confirmed on Monday that Ernesto Valverde has been sacked as manager and replaced by Quique Setien.
Barcelona finally decided the time is right to make a change after days of frenzied speculation
Valverde leaves after over two-and-a-half years in the job and 163 games. He won La Liga twice, the Copa del Rey and oversaw a pair of humiliating UEFA Champions League exits.
His last game in charge was a 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday which saw Barcelona then approach Xavi with a view to taking over.
Xavi turned his former club down, feeling the time was not yet right to return home, leaving Barcelona to turn to Setien instead.
The 61-year-old takes over the club with Barcelona top of La Liga on goal difference from Real Madrid, and into the last 16 of the Champions League where Napoli await.
He has agreed a deal until 30 June 2022 and will be officially presented on Tuesday.
The new Barcelona head coach Quique Setien however has a break clause in his contract that could see him leave at the end of the season, according to ESPN.
Setien was confirmed as Ernesto Valverde’s successor on Monday evening, signing a deal through to 2022.
Setien’s first game in charge will be at the Camp Nou on Sunday against Granada, Barca lost the reverse fixture 2-0 in September