Barcelona sack Setien, Koeman in talks to interchange him

Barcelona sack Setien, Koeman in talks to interchange him

Barcelona have sacked coach Quique Setien following the membership’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, the membership introduced on Monday, with sources confirming to Football4cast that Ronald Koeman is in superior talks to take over.

The choice to dismiss Setien was introduced after a board assembly, however sources informed Football4cast it had already been made previous to the Bayern sport.

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“The board of administrators has determined that Quique Setién will now not be coach of the primary team. That is the primary in a collection of choices that define an ample restructuring of the primary team. These modifications might be made in consensus with the present technical secretary and might be introduced within the upcoming days,” Barca stated in a press release.

Football4cast reported on Friday that Barca had already begun sounding out potential replacements. For a very long time, the overriding feeling among the many Barca hierarchy was that Setien, employed simply seven months in the past, had didn’t win over the dressing room due to his comparatively restricted achievements as each a participant and a coach. That led to shortcomings on the pitch in the long run, with Barca enduring their first trophy-less season since 2007-08.

Barca need their subsequent appointment to be a reputation that garners rapid respect among the many gamers. Mauricio Pochettino and Xavi Hernandez had been among the many preliminary candidates, however negotiations with Koeman are progressing nicely and the Netherlands coach might be introduced within the coming days.

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Koeman, who was a part of Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Staff” as a participant at Barca and later acted as Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Camp Nou, must depart his position with the Dutch nationwide team for a job he is all the time described as his dream job.

Setien’s dismissal is unlikely to be the one consequence of the beating in opposition to Bayern, which was the membership’s file defeat in a European sport.

Talking after the sport, defender Gerard Pique, providing to go away himself, stated modifications had been wanted in any respect ranges of the membership. President Josep Maria Bartomeu assured that large selections could be taken. Bartomeu is beneath strain to resign however has as a substitute determined to convey ahead presidential elections, scheduled for subsequent summer time, to March.

In the meantime, reviews recommend Lionel Messi has informed the membership he needs to go away. Sources on the membership have informed Football4cast they’ve obtained no communication to that impact from the participant.

Setien, although, turns into the primary casualty of the Bayern loss. The previous Actual Betis boss’ destiny had already been sealed after lacking out on the La Liga to Actual Madrid, whereas his relationship with the gamers had unravelled in the course of the closing weeks of the season because the title slipped away.



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Sources informed Football4cast after the 2-2 draw in opposition to Celta Vigo on June 27 that some members of the squad didn’t click on with the supervisor or his assistant Eder Sarabia from day one. The next month, Messi’s feedback after defeat to Osasuna, by which he stated that that Barca have been “weak” and “inconsistent” since January, had been taken as a criticism of Setien.

The 2 held clear-the-air talks and the gamers and training employees pulled collectively forward of a Champions League round-of-16 second-leg win over Napoli, however the subsequent elimination in opposition to Bayern raised additional questions on Setien’s future and Bartomeu opted to sack a coach for the second time this 12 months.

Setien changed Ernesto Valverde on Jan. 13, taking on a facet that had simply been knocked out of the Spanish Supercopa however that topped La Liga and was nonetheless within the Copa del Rey and Champions League.

Defeat to Athletic Bilbao, although, ended Barca’s hopes of showing in a seventh successive home cup closing and was adopted by a failure to beat Madrid within the league title race.

Barca held a two-point lead when the league resumed in June following the lockdown in Spain brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, however dropped factors in opposition to Celta, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Osasuna, permitting Madrid to go previous them to say high spot.

Quique Setien has been fired by Barcelona after solely seven months within the job. EPA/Rafael Marchante / POOL

Setien had been introduced in with the purpose of restoring the essence of Barca’s footballing philosophy, however sources informed Football4cast that a number of members of the membership’s hierarchy really feel he failed to do this. The issues may run deeper than one man who had the job for such a short while, however he has finally been made the face of a barren season.

Setien may argue he wasn’t dealt the very best hand. Barca needed to make the emergency signing of Martin Braithwaite from Leganes in January to make up squad numbers, and for a number of post-lockdown video games had solely 14 first-team gamers accessible.

If appointed, Koeman will turn into the membership’s third supervisor of the 12 months however takes over with the added issue of the uncertainty surrounding the way forward for the membership.

With presidential elections to come back in March, he arrives with the understanding that he might be out of a job in lower than 12 months if the incoming president — Bartomeu can’t stand once more — needs to usher in his personal man.

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In the meantime, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will miss the mid-September begin of the 2020-21 season with the intention to have surgical procedure on a long-term knee downside.

Ter Stegen may have an operation on the patellar tendon in his proper knee on Tuesday. Sources near the participant say he might be out for round two months, with the brand new La Liga season scheduled to start on Sept. 12.

“I mentioned this ‘clear up’ with medical consultants as there have been some irritations earlier this season,” Ter Stegen wrote on social media. “It is a proactive intervention with the intention to forestall and put together for the long run. I’ll want some weeks to recuperate and to return to 100 p.c. I am calm and optimistic concerning the scenario, I’ll come again quickly.

Ter Stegen missed various video games in January, together with the Spanish Supercopa defeat to Atletico Madrid, as he obtained remedy on the harm. That enabled him to finish the marketing campaign however the issues didn’t disappear and he has opted for surgical procedure.

The 28-year-old’s contract expires in 2022 and sources near the participant have all the time maintained his need is to stay at Camp Nou, however must be satisfied that Barca are on track on the pitch.

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