SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 14 – Ernesto Valverde has been sacked by Barcelona after two-and-a-half years at the Nou Camp, with Quique Setien taking over until June 2022.
Valverde is the first manager to be sacked by Barcelona mid-season since Louis van Gaal was dismissed in January 2003.
Barcelona are currently ahead of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on goal difference, but were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday after a 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid.
They are through to the Champions League knockout stages, where they will face Napoli in the Round of 16 in February.
Ernesto Valverde was coach of the FC Barcelona first team for 163 official games, winning 108 (66.25%), 35 draws (21.47%) and 20 defeats (12.26%). During that time he has claimed four trophies as coach: two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup.
His spell as coach began in the summer of 2017 when took over at the club following four seasons with Athletic Club de Bilbao. After losing out to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup in his debut as manager, he ended the season claiming a league and cup double, beating Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final in the Wanda Metropolitano whilst in the Champions League they lost out to Roma in the quarter finals.
His second season at FC Barcelona began with victory in the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla in Tangier, Morocco. The blaugranes also retained their league title, clinching the league at Camp Nou against Levante. The end of the campaign brought moments of disappointment with Barça losing in the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool and in the final of the Copa del Rey against Valencia.
In 2019/20 Barça ended the first half of the campaign as league leaders – level on points with Real Madrid – and with a place assured in the last 16 of the Champions League. Last week the team were knocked out of the revamped Spanish Super Cup in the semi-finals against Atlético Madrid.
Valverde, previously at Athletic Bilbao and Valencia, replaced Luis Enrique in 2017 and won back-to-back league titles during his time in charge.