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[Sport] BARCELONA SACK EARNESTO VALVERDE AS MANAGER, REPLACES HIM WITH SETIEN

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Barcelona have sacked coach Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.

Valverde helped the club to two successive La Liga titles and they currently lead on goal difference this season.

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However, the Catalan side have produced a series of unconvincing displays under his leadership and have failed to reach the UEFA Champions League final.

Setien on the other hand led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May.

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He has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal and will be presented to the media later today.

In a statement, Barca said they had reached an agreement with Valverde to terminate his contract and thanked him for his professionalism, his commitment, as well as his dedication and his consistent, positive treatment towards all that make up the Barca family.

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