London: Barcelona has fired manager and coach Ernesto Valverde and appointed Quique Setien as his replacement, the club announced on Monday.
The decision to remove Valverde was confirmed following a board meeting that lasted more than four hours at Camp Nou on Monday afternoon.
Valverde helped the club to two successive La Liga titles and they lead on goal difference this season.
However, the Catalan side have produced a series of unconvincing displays under his leadership and have failed to reach the Champions League final.
In a statement the club said it wanted to ‘publicly thank Valverde for his commitment and professionalism’, but having won the previous two Spanish titles many feel he was treated poorly.
Setien led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May.