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Quique Setien officially SACKED by Barcelona as club wields axe after UEFA Champions League debacle

Quique Setien officially SACKED by Barcelona as club wields axe after UEFA Champions League debacle
Barcelona have today sacked manager Quique Setien just days after his side's humiliating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich, amid rumors that club's current instability has led to prized asset Lionel Messi requesting a transfer.

Setien, who was appointed as Ernesto Valverde's successor in January, had a tumultuous spell in the charge of the Catalan giants, which his position mired almost immediately by reports that many of the first team playing squad were unconvinced by his leadership.

The situation at the club degenerated post-lockdown, as Barca surrendered their La Liga crown to rivals Real Madrid and then suffered the historic Champions League reverse to Bayern Munich

The manner of the club's exit from Europe seemed to seal Setien's fate as the club's under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu, apparently eager to address the club's flaws ahead of campaigning for re-election to his position next year, finally withdrew his backing for his beleaguered coach.

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"Quique Setién no longer first team coach," the club announced in a statement. "The new coach will be announced in the coming days as part of a wide ranging restructuring of the first team.

The current wave of discontent as the Camp Nou has led to furious speculation that Lionel Messi has demanded to leave the club this summer, with speculation suggesting the Argentinian maestro is eyeing a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, or even with former teammate Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.

The move concludes Setien's turbulent eight-month spell with the Spanish giants, and he now becomes the first Barca boss since Radomir Antic in 2003 to leave the club without securing any silverware in his time in charge.

As for who will step into the Camp Nou dugout next, reports from Spanish media suggest that the club's former player Ronald Koeman is set to be appointed as Setien's replacement, beating out fellow candidates Mauricio Pochettino, Xavi and Laurent Blanc for the coveted, but demanding, job. 

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