• Barcelona appoint Quique Setien after sacking Ernesto Valverde

    Ernesto Valverede former Barcelona manager

    Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has been sacked and replaced by Quique Setien despite the club being top of the LaLiga table.

    Valverde, 55, took training on Monday morning amid intense speculation his time as coach was about to end and his fate was sealed later in the evening.

    The former Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol manager has guided Barca to LaLiga titles in each of his two full seasons in charge, as well as winning the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup in 2018.

    Former Real Betis boss Setien was named as Valverde’s successor soon after, on a contract until June 2022.

    There were rumours that the club was interested in bringing in legendary Xavi to replace Valverde, but the former midfielder reportedly turned down the chance as he felt he was not yet ready.

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