Official: Barcelona sacks Valverde, appoints Setien as new coach


Ernesto Valverde has parted ways with Barcelona while Quique Setien has been appointed the team’s new coach.

The former Real Betis tactician had been linked with the Blaugrana several times in recent years, as his football philosophy is similar to that of the Catalan side.

“Barcelona and Quique Setien have reached an agreement for the latter to become first-team coach until 30 June 2022,” a statement on the club’s official website read.

Setien has expressed his admiration for everything that Barcelona represent, focusing on their attacking style of football.

His coaching career kicked off in 2001 at Racing Santander, leading the team to promotion, to the Spanish top flight.

From there, he moved to Poli Ejido and then Equatorial Guinea, before taking charge of Logrones in 2007.

He stayed there for one year, before joining Lugo, where he remained for six seasons, helping the team to establish themselves in the Spanish second tier.

In 2015, he coached in LaLiga Santander for the first time after moving to Las Palmas, then two years later he was appointed as Real Betis coach.

While in his first season with the Andalusian side, he qualified for the Europa League and reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals. In his second year, his relationship with the board deteriorated and his contract was terminated, despite having signed a three-year deal.

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