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OFFICIAL: Barcelona sack Quique Setien, announce elections for March

The coach leaves after just seven months in the job

Barcelona v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Photo by Michael Regan - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Barcelona announced on Monday that Quique Setien has been sacked following Friday’s embarrassing 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

The 61-year-old only arrived at the club in January but leaves at the end of a chaotic campaign for the Catalan giants.

Barcelona have also announced presidential elections have been brought forward but only for a few months.

Here is the club’s official statement:

“The Board of Directors have agreed that Quique Setién is no longer the first team coach. 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.”

And here’s the details on the elections

“The FC Barcelona Board of Directors, assuming its responsibility for the sporting situation that the club are experiencing, have agreed that the date for the next presidential elections will be the first matchday past March 15, 2021. The formal announcement of the elections will take place at the end of January 2021, in accordance with the provisions of article 43.1 of the Club Statutes.”

Ronald Koeman is currently the favorite to replace Setien at Barcelona and is expected to be unveiled later this week.

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