Thursday, 09 July

Barcelona sacked Valverde

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Ernesto Valverde

Spanish giant Barcelona have sacked their manager Ernesto Valverde.

The La Liga leaders have parted ways with the 55-year-old, with former Real Betis boss Quique Setien brought in to replace him.

In a statement, Barca said they had reached an agreement with Valverde to terminate his contract and thanked him "for his professionalism, his commitment, his dedication and his always positive treatment toward all that make up the Barca family".

Barca made the decision to extend Valverde's deal for an additional season in February of last year, which preceded an embarrassing Champions League capitulation at the hands of Liverpool just months later, having done similar against Roma in the previous campaign.

And while the 55-year-old has delivered back-to-back Primera Division titles and currently has the Blaugrana sitting at the top of La Liga – albeit on goal difference – European disappointment is not the only black mark next to Valverde's name.

The Catalan side have produced a series of unconvincing displays under his leadership and have failed to reach the Champions League final.

Setien, 61, led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May.

He has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal and will be presented to the media at 13:30 GMT on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

Source: classfmonline.com