Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Latest news
Main » Barcelona Sack Ernesto Valverde & Appoint Quique Setien as New Manager

Barcelona Sack Ernesto Valverde & Appoint Quique Setien as New Manager

14 January 2020

A delegation is understood to have met with the club's record appearance holder in Doha last week, although the Spanish giants were reluctant to reveal what discussions took place.

Andrés Iniesta has given an interview on Spanish radio channel Onda Cero, where he discussed the current situation at Barcelona regarding the coaching position and criticised the club for their treatment of Ernesto Valverde.

Valverde was appointed in the summer of 2017 to replace Luis Enrique, having played a handful of times for the club in the middle of a professional career which saw him win the Copa del Rey and Cup Winners' Cup.

National football team coach Ronald Koeman has reportedly dismissed speculation that he could quit before the summer to take over at his former club Barcelona.

More news: River to crest below flood stage this evening

The club's open pursuit of former captain Xavi Hernandez, who turned down the chance to return as coach on Sunday, left his future hanging by a thread.

Barcelona drew three of its last four Liga games, though, and pressure on Valverde increased after the team conceded two late goals in a 3-2 loss to Atletico in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Setien delivered an example of what his sides are capable of last season when Betis beat Barcelona 4-3 at Camp Nou - the first team in two years to triumph there and also the last side to do so. Qatari club Al-Sadd - where he now coaches - said the Spanish club was negotiating with the Spain great.

In Valverde's two seasons, his team won two La Liga titles, as well as the Copa del Rey in 2018, and another league success remained very much in sight this term, despite Madrid's impressive form in recent weeks.

More news: Oscars 2020: Nominations announcement under way

Bartomeu then drove to Camp Nou, where he held a board meeting with several club officials including chief executive Oscar Grau, technical secretary Javier Bordas, vice president Jordi Cardoner and sporting director Eric Abidal. He said he always dreamed of one day coaching Barcelona but was committed to Al-Sadd for now.

The Catalan club are expected to part company with Ernesto Valverde as soon as they can find a replacement. It hasn't won the European competition since 2015.

His first game in charge will be at home to Granada on Sunday.

More news: Kyrie Irving expected to return to Nets lineup Sunday vs. Hawks

Barcelona Sack Ernesto Valverde & Appoint Quique Setien as New Manager