Barcelona have sacked coach Ernesto Valverde and appoint Quinque Setien the former Real Betis coach.The Spanish club announced the departure of 55-years-old Valverde who won two successive La Liga title and currently leading the league with goal difference.

The Catalan side have produced a series of unconvincing displays under his leadership and have failed to reach the Champions League final. Setien, 61, 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 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”.

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