Ernesto Valverde has been fired and Quique Setién, who will sign until June 30, 2022, will lead the team's first training Tuesday and will take his seat on Sunday at the Camp Nou bench to debut against Granada. It has been a relay of little tact, with historical air (Bartomeu is the first president in the last 17 years to fire a coach in the middle of the season), but it is chaotic. A relay with bad manners, until the last moment, which had a night of reproaches because Barça did not close the settlement with Valverde until 23.18 yesterday.
In less than 100 hours, the board of directors casts the coach who has won two Leagues, and is a leader in it, tied for points with Madrid, after receiving the refusal of two symbols of Barcelona: Xavi and Koeman. Both agreed that it was not the time nor the appropriate way to occupy the chair of the defenestrated Valverde. But not even the final divorce was simple. Unlike. The club was slow to close the agreement with the coach's agent, when he had already announced, but not officially, his commitment to Setién, with whom he closed the agreement.
In less than 100 hours
Therefore, the announcement was delayed until midnight. Bartomeu and Eric Abidal, the technical secretary, will explain on Tuesday the position of the club after the storm created from within. By signing Setién until 2022, the horizon is complicated for Xavi and, of course, for Koeman. (Follow the latest news on the appointment of Quique Setién as new coach of FC Barcelona)
ValverdeAfter conducting the first training from Saudi Arabia, he had been summoned to a meeting in the sports city of Sant Joan Despí. It lasted almost an hour and a half. There Bartomeu announced that he was no longer coach of Barça, although he had a contract until 2021. Both Bartomeu how Eric Abidal, the technical secretary, will appear on Tuesday to give the official version of the club, coinciding with the official presentation of the Cantabrian.
He tried to be the president that 'stole' Xavi from the opposition as Nunez in 1988, but ended up being Gaspart, when he took Van Gaal away and put Antic (2003)
Bartomeu went into combustion after the defeat in the Spanish Super Cup. Correa's goal had a diabolical effect on the club, even greater than the elimination of the Champions League against Liverpool. He took Valverde ahead, whom he renewed until 2021 last February, in a decision that ties Bartomeu to Joan Gaspart, the last leader who dismissed Van Gaal. It was January 2003. That Dutch Barca was 20 points behind the leader, the Royal Society, in twelfth place, three points down.
Valverde, on the other hand, was traveling for first place, in addition to placing the team with solvency in the round of 16 of the Champions League. But he had been fired for a long time, since he was eliminated in Anfield, further aggravating the open wound in Rome. It is actually a deferred dismissal, which carry European torture as the main axis.
Pochettino fell at the end
The list of candidates to succeed was from Pochettino, fired by Tottenham last November and relieved by Mourinho, to Garcia Pepper, the coach of Barça B, not forgetting Quique Setién, coach of Betis. This was the one chosen after having directed Santander Racing, Poli Ejido, Guinea-Equatorial team (just 1 game), Logroñés, Lugo, Las Palmas and, finally, the Betic club where he could not continue due to popular pressure against.
It has been, in the end, the most cruising option, embodied in Setién, a technician in love with Barça's way of playing, while Pochettino, defended by a sector of the board for its greater international experience, fell in the final hours of the deliberation, returning, again, to the starting point of the original plan, based on Johan's ideas. He is an integralist of the Cruyffist method, which he has always observed from outside the Camp Nou. Now it will be inside.
Reactivate the team
From Gaspart no other technician had been dismissed. Neither Laporta nor Rosell had taken such measures. Bartomeu, yes. Bartomeu understands that the equipment was being consumed in such a way that he needs an injection of self-esteem and take drastic measures. Valverde, who had won two Leagues in his first two years, in addition to a Copa del Rey and a Super Cup, He was amazed at the parade of possible successors before the club communicated the decision.
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"It tastes really bad to me, Ernesto doesn't deserve this," he said Guardiola. "The forms are being a bit ugly, you have to have respect," he denounced Iniesta. "I empathize wonderfully with Ernesto, he is one of the best coaches there is," he said. Luis Enrique.
But all those external voices were ignored by the club in a personal decision of the president that also compromises his immediate future, exhausting his second and last term as it cannot be presented again.
. (tagsToTranslate) Ernesto Valverde (t) Josep Maria Bartomeu (t) Quique Setién