Quique Setién has been announced as the new Barcelona coach on a two-year deal subject to review before or after 30 June 2022.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Chief Executive Officer Oscar Grau and other top club officials were up late into the night at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper meeting with representatives of both Valverde and Setién.
Just before midnight it was reported that negotiation between Barcelona and Valverde’s camp had broken down without an agreement for the former Villarreal coach’s compensation package delaying the announcement of the new appointment already confirmed.
“Barcelona and Quique Setien have reached an agreement for the latter to become first team coach until 30 June 2022,” said a statement on the club’s official website.
Setién is a lover of Barcelona’s quick attacking style and their Argentine ace, Lionel Messi but will have to bring his best foot forward as fast as he possibly can because this marks his biggest managerial work.
He helped Racing Santander gain promotion to the Spanish topflight in 2001 and led Las Palmas from relegation battles to 11th place in the 2015/16 season.
Ernesto Valverde, 55, won Barcelona to two successive La Liga titles in his three seasons as coach and left them top of the league table on goals difference.