Barcelona sack Ernesto Valverde, appoint Quique Setien as manager

Barcelona confirmed on Monday that Ernesto Valverde has been sacked as manager and replaced by Quique Setien.

The Spanish champions have finally decided the time is right to make a change after days of frenzied speculation.

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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.

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

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