The fallout of the 8-2 humiliation of Barcelona on by Beryen Munich in the ongoing Champions League has claimed its first casualty as the club management has announced the sack of the club’s manager, Quique Setien and brought presidential elections forward to March 2021.
Setien, 61, was appointed in January after the club sacked two-time league winner Ernesto Valverde despite his side sitting top of the La Liga on goal difference.
But after Barca were condemned to their heaviest defeat in European competition on Friday, Setien was also sacked after only seven months in the saddle, after overseeing the club’s first trophy-less season in 12 years.
Barca finished second in La Liga behind champions Real Madrid and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage by Athletic Bilbao.
“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,” added Barca’s statement on Setien.
There are talks in the Spanish media that Netherlands coach and former Barca defender Ronald Koeman is set to be named as Setien’s successor.
The statement also said the club’s hierarchy had decided against calling an election imminently in the wake of the Bayern defeat, as many fans and influential voices had demanded.
“The board understand that an immediate call for elections is not feasible, given that the league season will begin on the weekend of September 12, 2020, and the situation arising from the COVID-19 crisis – both economically and socially,” added the statement.
“Consequently, the club will continue to implement the plan to reverse the sporting and economic situation, based on profound changes to the first team, plus a redefined budget to deal with the new situation caused by COVID-19, before the end of the current mandate, the statement said”