Barcelona sacked Ernesto Valverde on Tuesday and appointed Quique Setien as the new chief of staff
A disappointing 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in Supercopa de Espana has proved to be the final nail in Valverde’s coffin, with the former Real Betis boss Quique Setien stepping in until 2022.
The 55-year-old has been dancing on thin ice ever since the Catalans suffered a disastrous 4-0 loss to Liverpool in the return leg of their 2018/19 Champions League semi-final tie.
Another shock failure, against Valencia in a Copa del Rey final, cast doubt on Valverde’s ability to establish consistency and winning mentality in Barcelona’s dressing room.
Although the ex-Athletic Bilbao boss brought Barcelona two successive La Liga crowns and has guided them to the top of the table this term, the Blaugrana’s recent struggling to deliver consistency was deemed unacceptable by the club’s hierarchy.
🗣 Quique Setien: "Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being here.— Goal (@goal) January 14, 2020
"Yesterday I was walking past the cows in my village, now I'm here training the best players in the world." ❤ pic.twitter.com/Q4PUyIS7rG
Now, Quique Setien is entrusted with one of the most challenging jobs in Europe, although his football philosophy seems to be more suitable to the way Barca fans expect their team to play.
The 61-year-old Spaniard has, therefore, beaten the former Camp Nou legend, Xavi Hernandez, to the coaching role, although the current Al Sadd boss is tipped to take over in the future.
Not long ago, Eric Abidal has approached his close friend with a job proposal, but the 39-year-old turned it down, as he looks to gather more experience before returning to the club.