FC Barcelona sacked coach Quique Setien ~ #AFP:

“Meeting on Monday, the management committee of FC Barcelona announced that Quique Setién is no longer the coach of the first football team,” Barça announced in a statement.

“This is the first decision taken regarding the large restructuring of Barça’s first team, which will be done in agreement with the current technical direction and the new manager, who will be unveiled in the coming days,” Catalan club, which foresees “profound changes”.

Arrived on the Barça bench on January 13 to replace Ernesto Valverde, Quique Setién (61) has only been in command of the Blaugrana team for 25 matches, during a season truncated by the coronavirus pandemic, for a mixed record of 16 wins, four draws and five losses.

The dismissal of the technician was announced by the Spanish specialized press since Friday, after the historic rout against Bayern Munich.

Setién’s seven months on the Catalan bench led to one of Barça’s worst seasons: no title won (for the first time since 2007) and one of the most serious crises in club history.

“Decisions will be announced and explained in the coming days, some of which had already been taken before the Champions League resumed,” FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Friday evening after the Lisbon debacle.

In the same press release, the FC Barcelona management committee, meeting since Monday morning, announced that the elections for the club’s presidency, scheduled for spring 2021, will be brought forward to mid-March 2021.

“The management committee, which assumes its responsibility for the sporting situation the club is going through, has decided to bring forward the date of the next presidential elections. They will take place on the day of the first match after March 15, 2021, and the convocation formal will take place at the end of January 2021, “the statement said.

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Source: VOA-AFP.

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