Josep Maria Bartomeu as President of Barcelona finally opened the voice regarding the future of Quique Setien in the chair of the team manager. Then, will the former Real Betis be maintained?
This season is not a beautiful season for Messi et al. Where their poor performance finally made coach Ernesto Valvede fired in January.
Shortly after his dismissal, Barcelona officially appointed Quique Setien to be a substitute manager. Of course, the hope is that this former Real Betis jasmine is expected to improve the situation.
Unfortunately, that hope does not pay off with the reality. Barcelona even inconsistent, and in the end they were unable to compete with rival clubs, Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga title race this season.
Thus, the fate of Quique Setien was also called unclear. Because there is news that he did not get support from Barcelona players. In fact, it was mentioned that Barca would fire him before playing in the European Champions League continued this season.
Not only that, Barcelona has also been associated with a number of first-class coaches, including Mauricio Pochettino who is unemployed.
However, this rumor was finally tried to be muffled by President Josep Maria Bartomeu. He stressed that the club would retain Setien until his contract expires.
“He has a contract. When we hired him, we explained that it was a project for this season and next. Evaluating the coach after a few months, with a pandemic in the middle, was difficult,” said Bartomeu.
Coach Quique Setien himself was asked for his opinion regarding the recent dismissal rumors. The interpreter of the tactic at that time admitted that he did not think about it at all.
According to him it would be wise to focus on the following matches. But if it is no longer wanted, Setien claims he is ready to be fired.
“I focus on working. There are things that I cannot control. I always feel supported and supported. If it’s not like that anymore, a decision must be taken,” Quique Setien said as reported by Marca.
Heavy duty now wins Quique Setien and his troops. They must win when faced with Napoli in the second leg of the last 16 of the European Champions League this weekend.