Barca set to appoint Setien as Valverde replacement

Barcelona have reportedly lined up former Real Betis coach Quique Setien as a possible replacement for Ernesto Valverde. Valverde oversaw training with the Catalan club on Monday but reports are rife that he would be sacked after two-and-a-half seasons in charge at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona are expected to release a statement later on Monday evening after a lengthy board meeting was held earlier in the day with Setien’s agent reportedly in the city and in negotiations with the club.

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The former Betis boss has previously not hidden his admiration for Barcelona’s style of football in the past and will take over on a short-term deal until the end of the season when Barca hope to sign former midfielder Xavi Hernandez as coach of the club.

Setien has not been on a job since he left Betis at the end of last season having helped them to finish sixth and tenth in his two seasons in charge at the Benito Villamarin.

The 61-year-old also played for Atletico Madrid and has previously managed Racing Santander and Las Palmas amongst others, although he is yet to manage a club of Barcelona’s stature.

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