Ernesto Valverde

The Spanish club, Barcelona have announced the sack of their coach Ernesto Valverde and appointed Quique Setien as his replacement.

The decision to remove Valverde was confirmed on Monday following a board meeting that lasted more than three hours at Camp Nou.

“FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that united both parties,” read a club statement released later on Monday.

Coach Valverde is the first the club has sacked mid-season since Louis van Gaal in 2003.

Barcelona are top of La Liga but have won only one of their last five matches.

However, the new coach Quique Setien will be presented in a press conference at Camp Nou at 2.30pm local time (1330 GMT) today, Tuesday 14, January.

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