Barcelona Sacks Ernesto Valverde, Courts Pochettino, Quique Setien As Replacement

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Ernesto Valverde was informed that his time as coach of Barcelona is over by president Josep Maria Bartomeu during the meeting at Ciudad Deportiva on Monday morning.

Following Barcelona’s elimination in the Supercopa de Espana against Atletico Madrid, Valverde’s future has been up in the air with Xavi having already been offered the job.

Oscar Grau, Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes were also present in the meeting as the president explained his reasons for the decision.

Also discussed were the potential successors to Valverde on the Barcelona bench, as Abidal and Planes presented their shortlist of three options.

The three in question are Mauricio Pochettino, Quique Setien and Garcia Pimienta.

The club is expected to officially announce the departure of the coach in the coming hours.

Barcelona’s directors have already spoken to Pochettino and Setien, with both available to take charge immediately. Meanwhile, Pimienta would be promoted to the from B team.

Pochettino is the most well know of the options, but has in the past said he wouldn’t coach Barcelona due to his links with Espanyol.

It is expected that one of the three will take charge of Barcelona, though some board members are upset about the manner in which Valverde’s removal has been conducted.

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