The FC Barcelona direction has chosen as a new head coach
FC Barcelona’s administration sets a record: After 17 years, she is firing her coach in the middle of the season! It was on January 26, 2003, when the administration led by Joan Gaspart had removed the Dutchman, Louis van Gaal, while Barcelona was in the middle of La Liga, 20 points behind Real Sociedad.
Now on the evening of Monday, January 13, 2020, the 19-member Board of Directors, this time chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu, and having met for four hours, decided to terminate its partnership with Ernesto Valverde, who must be admitted for 15 days. Was under great pressure. Especially on the fan side. And that pressure has grown more intense since the team’s exclusion in the Super Cup semifinal by Atletico Madrid 3-2 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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🤝 Agreement between FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde to end his contract as manager of the first team. Thank you for everything, Ernesto. Best of luck in the future. 🤝 Acuerdo entre el FC Barcelona y Ernesto Valverde para la finalización de su contrato como entrenador del primer equipo. Gracias por todo, Ernesto. Mucha suerte en el futuro. 🤝 Acord entre el FC Barcelona i Ernesto Valverde per la finalització del seu contracte com entrenador del primer equip. Gràcies per tot, Ernesto. Molta sort en el futur.
So Valverde (who also worked successfully in Greece at Olympiacos) after 145 games (97 wins, 32 draws, 16 defeats) leaves the Catalonia team who thanked him for his services with an official announcement.
After 960 days on the Barcelona bench, Ernesto Valverde leaves Camp Nou and the Blaugrana. Valverde was hired on May 29, 2017 in the position of Luis Enrique. In the meantime, he has led Barcelona to 2 Spanish Championships (2018, 2019), 1 Cup (2018) and one Super Cup (2018). He now leaves the Spanish team in the first place (equal to Real Madrid) while continuing his career in the UEFA Champions League.
Certainly one major event that raised the scales against his departure was that with Valverde on the bench Barcelona saw two consecutive and painful exclusions in the Champions League, from Roma in 2018 (in the quarter-finals) and from Liverpool in Liverpool. It is even said that another issue that played a negative role against Valverde is the athlete who shows up on the bench as well as his inability to manage a game when this is not going well …
Quique Setien is the new coach
Meanwhile, the Barcelona administration has been in contact since Sunday to be ready in the event that Valverde is removed. He first spoke with Xavi but the latter who works in Qatar and has a contract replied that he could talk from the summer on. He does not want to get in the middle of the season. The same up and down was said by the Argentine, Pochettino and Ronald Koeman.
So he turned to 61-year-old Quique Setien, a coach who was the last to beat Barcelona’s Betis inside her home. It was 4-3 on November 11, 2018, with Setien always nourishing and still nourishing, unlimited appreciation for Lionel Messi’s face. And that may have to have played its part…
Setien has signed a 2.5-year contract and will likely have a partner, Inter Sarabia. Difficulties now begin for Barcelona…