Ernesto Valverde left his position at Athletic Bilbao to become Barcelona coach in 2017

Spanish champions, Barcelona have appointed Quique Setien as their new manager after firing Ernesto Valverde.

The club confirmed the this in a statement that was issued on Monday night.

According to The Guardian, the board decided that Valverde’s time as manager of Barcelona should come to an end and have informed the manager that they will contact his representatives to discuss the conditions of his dismissal.

“FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that united both parties,” reads part of a statement the club released on Monday night.

The club added that Setien is one of the most experienced coaches in Spanish football. His first game in charge will be at home to Granada on Sunday.

The 55-year-old ex-manager, Ernesto Valverde has been under increasing pressure after losing the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Atletico Madrid, as well as falling out with some of the squad.

During his two seasons, the team won two La Liga titles, as well as the Copa del Rey in 2018. The performance of the club has however been unconvincing which has led to the appointment of Setien who has made no secret of his admiration for the stylistic traditions of Barcelona.

Setien led Betis to a sixth-place finish in 2018 and qualification for the Europa League but, despite overseeing a thrilling 4-3 victory at Camp Nou early the following season, results tailed off.

Betis finished 10th and the club and coach parted ways in the summer. Previously, he also helped Las Palmas avoid relegation from La Liga in 2016.

Setien will be presented in a press conference at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

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