- The Spanish giants have confirmed the sacking of first-team manager Quique Setien
- Barcelona in a statement say a new manager will be announced in the coming days
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Quique Setien has been axed by Spanish giants Barcelona as the club announced his sack on Monday night, August 17 as part of wide-ranging restructuring of the first team.
This decision is coming barely three days after the Catalan giants suffered a record 8-2 loss to German side Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Bayern were ruthless for the entire 90 minutes scoring four times in either half as Messi and co looked on with so much confusion as they crashed out of the tournament as Setien could only watch haplessly from the bench.
The club management branded the result a ‘disaster’ as they are keen on replacing the manager following the historic loss.
“Quique Setién no longer first team coach. The new coach will be announced in the coming days as part of a wide ranging restructuring of the first team,” the club said in a statement.
Meanwhile, sports journalist Fabrizio Milano who works for, among others, Sky Sport, and specialises in football transfers has disclosed that Ronald Koeman, who is currently the manager of Holland national football team, will be appointed as new Barcelona manager.
Koeman was seen on camera at Barcelona airport amid speculation of Quique Setien's imminent sack on 24 hours earlier.
It is understood the Netherlands' current coach wants to leave the national team job to take up a more lucrative offer from his former team.
The Dutch legend was spotted at the Barcelona airport on a private plane days after the club's Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.
However, Barcelona have maintained that the club is still under restructuring and a new manager will be announced in a matter of days.
Meanwhile, YEN earlier reported that Barcelona are reportedly planning to offload most of their players after their disappointing Champions League ouster.
The defeat gave credence to the fact that most of Barca's players have passed their peak with central defender Gerard Pique opting to leave if necessary.
Reports claim Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is planning a mass clear-out with just four players listed to be retained.
Only the captain Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet, and Frenkie de Jong are the players to have escaped the mass sacking.