ROME – Barcelona announced with a post on its official social profiles the exemption of coach Ernesto Valverde.
“Agreement – reads the statement – between FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde for the termination of his contract as coach of the first team. Thanks for everything, Ernesto. Good luck for the future. The next Barca coach – reads on the Barca website, will be Quique Setién who signed a contract until 30 June 2022.
The position of the Spanish coach has become more fragile after the mocking knockout in the Spanish Super Cup.
The Blaugrana executive committee this afternoon remained at the Camp Nou for over 4 hours, divided both on the opportunity to relieve the technician who arrived on 29 May 2017 to replace Luis Enrique and on the name of his possible successor. Then the announcement: “Agreement between FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde to place up to the contract as manager of the first team. Thanks for everything, Ernesto. We wish you luck in your future. "
Barça hadn't fired a coach in mid-season for 17 years: on January 26, 2003 the junta chaired by Joan Gaspart sent Luis Van Gaal away, with Barça who in the middle of the La Liga was 20 points behind the leading Real Sociedad. Valverde was tied to Barcelona until next June with an option for the 20-21 season.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano