Barcelona have sacked manager Quique Setien, days after his side’s humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the weekend.
Barcelona decided to sack manager Quique Setien after a trophy-less campaign that culminated in European humiliation.
The Catalans were beaten to the Liga title by arch-rivals Real Madrid, while they were annihilated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in their elimination from the Champions League quarter-finals.
Setien, who replaced former coach Enersto Valverde at the Nou Camp in January, has been in charge for just 25 matches.
Barca’s thrashing by German champion Bayern on Friday was the fourth time in the past five years they have been knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the Europe’s elite competition.
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told COPE journalist Victor Navarro on Sunday that the 61-year-old would not continue, and the decision has now been made official by the Catalan club.
Koeman remains the favourite to take over after spending the last few days in Catalonia, but the announcement of his arrival will have to wait as negotiations continue with Koeman and the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB).
A club statement read: “The Board of Directors have agreed that Quique Setién is no longer the first team coach.
❗ Quique Setién no longer first team coach.
The new coach will be announced in the coming days as part of a wide ranging restructuring of the first team.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 17, 2020
“This is the first decision within a wider restructuring of the first team which will be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, who will be announced in the coming days.
The 57-year-old had previously turned down the chance to coach Barcelona, telling the Catalan club he would only be available after Euro 2020, but the continental competition was put back until 2021 due to Covid-19 and he has had a change of heart.
A Barca legend from his playing days and fondly remembered by fans for scoring the goal which gave the Catalan club their first European Cup in 1992, Koeman has spoken of his hopes to coach Barca on many occasions in the past.