Barcelona name Setien new head coach

Barcelona have part ways with former manager Ernesto Valverde and appointed former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.

Valverde, helped the club to two successive La Liga titles and they currently lead the Spanish league on goal difference.

However, the Catalan side have produced a series of unconvincing displays under his leadership.

Setien led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May.

He has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal and will be presented to the media at 13:30 GMT on Tuesday.

In a statement, Barca said they had reached an agreement with Valverde to terminate his contract and thanked him “for his professionalism, his commitment, his dedication and his always positive treatment towards all that make up the Barca family”.

Valverde was under pressure towards the end of last season following the ignominious Champions League semi-final defeat by Liverpool, having led 3-0 after the first leg, and the Copa del Rey final loss to Valencia.

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