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Spanish coach Quique Setien during the Uefa Europa League round of 32 first-leg football match between Rennes and Real Betis at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, western France, on 14 February 2019. Picture: AFP

Ernesto valverde

Barcelona put faith in purist Setien after sacking Valverde

Barcelona confirmed Setien's appointment following a board meeting that lasted more than four hours at the Camp Nou on Monday afternoon. His contract, which runs until June 2022, appears also to be a show of faith.

  • FILE: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde looks on during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg match against Liverpool at Anfield in Liverpool, England on 7 May 2019. Picture: AFP

    Barcelona set to sack Valverde - reports

    Barca could install a temporary replacement like B team coach Francisco Javier Garcia Pimienta, perhaps with a view to appointing Xavi at the end of the season.