After a trophyless campaign which culminated in European humiliation, Barcelona has sacked head coach Quique Setien.

The club revealed the decision Monday, just days after the club was humiliated in a record-breaking defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Having already been beaten to the Liga title by Real Madrid arch-rivals, Bayern Munich annihilated Barcelona 8-2 in removing it from the leading European club competition.

As a result, the club finished the 2019-20 season without a trophy, triggering the dismissal of Setien and a review of the first-team structure, according to the report.

“The Board of Directors decided that Quique Setien was not the first-team coach anymore,” the club said in a statement.

“It is the first step within a broader first-team overhaul to be negotiated between the existing technical director and the new coach to be revealed in the coming days.”

Setien is the second Barcelona boss to be dismissed this year, having only joined the club in January with the former Real Betis boss.

It was then that he replaced Ernesto Valverde, who was sacked in the Supercopa de Espana at the time after a loss to Atletico Madrid despite sitting on top of La Liga.

With the league restarting following its coronavirus-enforced suspension, Barca finished the season second despite a bad run of results. In his time with the club, Setien accrued 16 wins, four draws, and five losses.

The club also announced, in addition to Setien’s firing, that the club will hold its presidential election in March 2021, with Josep Maria Bartomeu being fired following the club’s recent struggles both on and off the pitch.


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