Quique Setien’s future in doubt as Barcelona hierarchy holds a meeting.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting director, Eric Abidal, have held talks with Quique Setien to discuss his future.
The squad’s latest performances in their last three La Liga matches have raised some concerns as they drop points to give arch-rivals, Real Madrid, the lead in the league table.
The latest draw against Celta Vigo along with quarrel between the coach and his players has left the management with a decisive decision to make.
El Desmarque via RAC1 reports that there was a meeting held between Setien and his employers to discuss his future with the Spanish giants.
Many reports, including those from Goal and ESPN, are stating that the Spanish coach is on the verge of being sacked as the club’s hierarchy have decided to base Setien’s future on the next two difficult clashes, Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and Villareal on Sunday.
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They require a significant improvement in the squad’s performance to be convinced enough to let him stay on at least till the end of the current season, otherwise, the current Barca B coach, Javier García, will take over.
Reports from Spain, however, claim that the discussion during the meeting was to give Setien the support he deserved to ensure that the squad moves in the right direction to secure the La Liga title.
In reality, Bartomeu has only one more season after the current to act as the president, at which point a new president will be appointed after the 2021 election. Joan Laporta remains the frontrunner and the current chief stands minimal chances of being re-elected.
For this reason, Bartomeu will be determined to make his last year as successful as possible to remain as his legacy, and sacking two coaches within one season is not the right way to do so.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola and Xavi Hernandez have been closely linked with making a return to Camp Nou but both the club legends have stated that they would only return once new management is set in 2021 that allows them to make all the decisions.