Barcelona has officially sacked head coach Quique Setien.
The Catalonia-based outfit suffered their most humiliating defeat in the last 75 years in the Champions League last week when Setien’s men were thrashed 8-2 by a relentless Bayern Munich side.
The defeat has triggered a series of changes to the club which are set to take place in the next few weeks. Setien was put in the hot seat in December last year but the manager never really got going at the club.
He failed to induct two of the three club-record signings and Barcelona also suffered defensively. They lost the league to Real Madrid despite Setien taking over when Barcelona had a five-point lead.
A Barcelona statement after Setien’s dismissal read: “This is the first decision within a wider restructuring of the first team which will be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, who will be announced in the coming days.”
As pointed out, Setien’s removal is the first of many steps to be taken. Ronald Koeman has been tipped as the favorite to take over at the club with Mauricio Pochettino also an option.
It remains to be seen though if the club can retain Lionel Messi for the next season.