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“The board of directors has agreed that Quique Setién ceases to be the coach of the first team. This is the first decision within the framework of a broad restructuring of the first team, which will be made from the consensus between the current technical secretariat and the new coach, which will be announced in the next few days, “announced Barça.
The 2-8 defeat against Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the ‘Champions League’ has been decisive for the dismissal of the Cantabrian coach, who concluded the season without titles after the defeat conceded last Sunday.
Setién says goodbye to Barça after having directed 25 official matches, with a balance of 16 wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats (Valencia, Athletic, Real Madrid, Osasuna and Bayern), the last one one of the biggest blots in the entire history of the entity.
The already former FC Barcelona coach took office on January 13 after the Blaugranas’ defeat against Atlético de Madrid in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup. This game precipitated the departure of Ernesto Valverde after two and a half years in office and Setién took over after a few months without a team.
The 61-year-old veteran coach did not promise to win, but he did play well and change Barça’s style in recent seasons. Ultimately, his team did neither.
The third Cantabrian coach in the history of Barça arrived after his previous experience on the benches of Racing de Santander, Polideportivo Ejido, Logroñés, Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis, his last team on the benches before Camp Nou and which he qualified for the Europa League in the 2017/18 season.
However, this course has not hit the key in Can Barça during the seven months that his experience as captain of the boat has lasted. The first title he said goodbye to was the Copa del Rey, eliminated in the quarterfinals by Athletic.
In LaLiga, after leading the break caused by the pandemic, he was squandering his income until he was clearly outmatched by Real Madrid, which earned him five points at the end of the championship. And in Europe, he resolved the ballot against Naples thanks to the talent of Leo Messi, but Bayern arrived to devour all hope without mercy.
“THE NEW TECHNICIAN, IN THE NEXT DAYS”
FC Barcelona has indicated that the new coach will be announced in the “coming days”, although they have not revealed the name of the coach. Everything points to the hiring of Ronald Koeman, a former Blaugrana player, to lead the new project under the same directive.
Another of the decisions adopted by the board chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu, who will continue in office until March 2021, and will choose not to advance the elections. The board has stressed that their decision implies that they are the ones who assume “full responsibility in relation to the close of the fiscal year of the 2020-21 season.”