Quique Setién, who arrived on 13 January to succeed Ernesto Valverde, is already taking the door. The Spanish master tactician who had a contract until June 2022, was ousted by FC Barcelona management today. A decision that follows the historic Catalan rout in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Bayern Munich (8-2). A humiliation that plunged Barca into an unprecedented sporting slump. In addition to this improbable setback, the Blaugranas are wrapping up a trophyless season, and have seen Madrid’s rival win La Liga with flying colours.
So many grievances that sounded Setién’s hopes on the Catalan bench. Minutes after the Lisbon debacle, Gerard Piqué called for change internally and quickly. president Josep Maria Bartomeu has just confirmed that, some important decisions would be taken in the coming hours. The first is the expulsion of the Iberian coach. Anything but a surprise as it had become inevitable after the slap received against the champion of Germany.
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“Meeting on Monday, the FC Barcelona Board of Directors announced that Quique Setién was no longer the coach of his first football team. This is the first decision taken regarding the broad restructuring of Barca’s first team, which will be done in agreement with the current Technical Directorate and the new coach, which will be unveiled in the coming days,”the club announced in an official statement.