The Spaniard took the upper hand over Ernesto Valverde in January. But disappointing results and dressing room frustration were decisive factors in his departure.
Quique Setien has been sacked from Barcelona
Quique Setien has been sacked from his job as head coach of Barcelona after just six months. The Spaniard took the upper hand over Ernesto Valverde in January. But disappointing results and dressing room frustration were decisive factors in his departure. After surrendering the LaLiga title to Real Madrid and withdrawing from the Copa del Rey to Athletic Club. Bayern Munich’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat was a straw that broke the camel’s back. “The Board has agreed that Quique Setien is no longer the coach of the first team,” a statement from Barcelona read. It is the first decision in a broader first-team restructuring to be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, which will be announced in the coming days.”
The team were dissatisfaction with Setien and his coaching team
Setien leaves Camp Nou with one more year remaining on his contract, plus an option to extend the deal until 2022. The deficiency of understanding between Setien’s coaching staff. Especially assistant Eder Sarabia, and the Barcelona players forced the board to decide. The troubles began during the Clásico at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in March, when Sarabia was filmed badmouthing players. A split in the dressing room surfaced during Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo in June. As Lionel Messi seemed to ignore Sarabia’s orders during a water break. After that rally at Balaidos, Luis Suarez hinted at his dissatisfaction with Setien and his coaching team. “That’s why the coaches are there – to analyze this type of situation,” said the Uruguayan.
“We gave everything on the field, and you got the feeling that away from home. We are throwing off a lot of important points that we could not have done in other seasons”. Truce talks were held between Messi and Setien ahead of Napoli’s visit in August to clear the air ahead of the Champions League. However, the manner of entering Bayern in Lisbon was enough for Barcelona to take action. Having let Setien go, the Catalan club will have to make important decisions over who will replace him in the Camp Nou dugout.