Barcelona appoint Setien as manager after sacking Valverde

Quique Setien was confirmed as Barcelona’s new manager on Monday.

The former Real Betis tactician was immediately drafted in following the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde after two-and-a-half years at the helm.

Setien, 61, signed a contract which runs until June 2022 with the back-to-back La Liga champions and is a long-term devotee to Barcelona’s proud playing philosophy.

“I remember when Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona came along,” Setien wrote for The Coaches’ Voice in 2018. “You played against them, and you spent the whole match running after the ball. I said to myself: ‘This is what I like. I would like to be in this team, and know why this is happening.'”

He continued: “I started to really watch football. To analyze it. To understand what I felt, and what I wanted to put into practice when I became a coach.”

More to come.

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