Barca gave coach Quique Setien the sack just three days after losing to Bayern 2-8 in the Champions League. Many reputable sources also confirmed that Koeman would leave the Dutch team to lead Barca.
A few days ago, the Spanish media heard that the sports director Eric Abidal would also be sacked, after a series of failed transfers. But COPE reported on the evening of August 17 that President Josep Maria Bartomeu is still holding Abidal, at least in the current transfer window.
Setien is Barca’s fifth manager since 2012, following the departure of Pep Guardiola. Of these five, Luis Enrique was in office the longest – three years. He is also the only coach to help Barca win the Champions League. Ernesto Valverde sat in the hot seat for two and a half years. And Tito Vilanova and Gerardo Martino, each coaching for a year.
After only eight months of work, Setien was the first Barca coach to have no title at the Camp Nou in 17 years. The closest people to suffer this scene were Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, Carles Rexach, Louis Van Gaal, and Radomir Antic. All four rulers led Barca in the early 2000s when the club transferred generations from Guardiola, Sergi Barjuan, Luis Enrique to Xavi, Carles Puyol, and Victor Valdes.
Barca chose coach Koeman
Coach Ronald Koeman will lead Barca to replace Quique Setien, according to information from Sky Italy on the afternoon of August 17.
Koeman had to cancel his contract with the Netherlands to lead Barca
Pochettino is not popular with Barca players, including captain Lionel Messi. He used to lead Espanyol – a team in the same city as Barca. The Argentine military leader once told The Guardian in March 2017 that he would rather return home as a farmer than lead Barca.
Xavi also did not want to return as Barca coach at the current troubled time. In January, he also rejected an offer from the board of the old team. Xavi – currently leading Al Sadd Club – is considered the target of presidential candidate Victor Font. The next election for Barca President takes place in 2021.
Koeman played for Barca in the period 1989-1995. Even though he only played defenders and defensive midfielders, every season he scored at least 10 goals. He was an assistant at Barca in the 1998-2000 period. The 57-year-old coach has led the Netherlands since 2018.