Barcelona sack Valverde and appoint Setien as successor
Barcelona, January 14: La Liga champions Barcelona have sacked their coach Ernesto Valverde and appointed Quique Setien as his replacement, the club announced. The decision to remove Valverde was confirmed following a board meeting that lasted more than four hours at Camp Nou on Monday afternoon. Barca are top of La Liga but have won only one of their last five matches. Valverde is the first coach the club has sacked mid-season since Louis van Gaal in 2003. “FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that united both parties,” read a club statement released on Monday (January 13) night.