Barcelona have sacked manager Ernesto Valverde a few months before the end of his contract and appointed former Real Betis coach Quique Setien as the new head coach until June 2022.
With disappointing results and the lack of a signature playing style (finally) too much to bear, t
Acord entre el FC Barcelona i Ernesto Valverde per la finalització del seu contracte com entrenador del primer equip.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) January 13, 2020
Gràcies per tot, Ernesto. Molta sort en el futur. pic.twitter.com/h5LjdAwxOa
⚠️ ÚLTIMA HORA— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) January 13, 2020
Quique Setién serà el nou entrenador del FC Barcelona. Benvingut!
Valverde was appointed in the summer of 2017 to replace Luis Enrique, having played a handful of times for the club in the middle of a professional career which saw him win the Copa del Rey and Cup Winners' Cup.
The former Espanyol manager had been under pressure from fans for his pragmatic playing style since taking over the club, failing to get the supporters on board at any point during his tenure despite back-to-back La Liga titles.
Last season was Valverde's toughest at Camp Nou, his side throwing away a three-goal first-leg lead for the second consecutive season to drop out of the Champions League.
Ernesto Valverde's reign as Barcelona boss:— LaLigaExpert (@LigaExpert) January 13, 2020
Before Anfield: W 80 D 25 L 10 (70% wins, 10% defeats)
Anfield & After: W 17 D 7 L 6 (57% wins, 20% defeats)
They also lost the Copa del Rey final to Valencia, finishing the season with 'just' the league title and a relatively unflashy style of play which many fans – and some board members – have railed against.
Barça sit atop La Liga at the halfway stage, but are ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference alone, and will be without Luis Suarez for the majority of the second half of the season. They face Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League.