Thu. Jun 24th, 2021

Barcelona have sacked coach Quique Setien and introduced presidential elections ahead to March 2021, the membership stated on Monday, three days after the Spanish facet have been hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarter-finals.

Setien, 61, was appointed in January after the membership sacked two-time league winner Ernesto Valverde regardless of his facet sitting prime of the La Liga standings on objective distinction.

However after Barca have been condemned to their heaviest defeat in European competitors on Friday, Setien was additionally sacked after solely seven months in cost, after overseeing the membership’s first trophy-less season in 12 years.

Barca completed second in La Liga behind champions Actual Madrid and have been knocked out of the Copa del Rey on the quarter-final stage by Athletic Bilbao.

“That is the primary choice inside a wider restructuring of the primary group which will probably be agreed between the present technical secretary and the brand new coach, who will probably be introduced within the coming days,” added Barca’s assertion on Setien.a

Ronald Koeman more likely to exchange Setien

Based on widespread Spanish media reviews, Netherlands coach and former Barca defender Ronald Koeman is ready to be named as Setien’s successor.

The assertion, which was launched greater than 9 hours after president Josep Maria Bartomeu and administrators had begun a board assembly, additionally stated the membership’s hierarchy had determined in opposition to calling an election imminently within the wake of the Bayern defeat, as many followers and influential voices had demanded.

“The board perceive that a right away name for elections shouldn’t be possible, provided that the league season will start on the weekend of September 12, 2020, and the state of affairs arising from the COVID-19 disaster – each economically and socially,” added the assertion.

“Consequently, the membership will proceed to implement the plan to reverse the sporting and financial state of affairs, primarily based on profound adjustments to the primary group, plus a redefined funds to take care of the brand new state of affairs attributable to COVID-19, earlier than the top of the present mandate.”

As at Actual Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna, Barcelona presidents are voted for by membership members.

Bartomeu received the final election, held in 2015, however is barred from working within the subsequent spherical of elections as he has already served two consecutive mandates, having been named president in 2014 after the resignation of Sandro Rosell.

Victor Font is the front-runner for the election, whereas former president Joan Laporta has additionally declared his intention to run.

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