Barcelona fires coach Quique Setien as Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman preferred successor

 

 

Barcelona sacks coach Quique Setien as president Josep Bartomeu are under pressure to follow his manager out of the club after Lionel Messi threatened to leave.


Esporte Interativo reported on Sunday night that Messi had told the Barcelona board he wants to leave the club this summer.


Barcelona denied the report but there was no word from Messi’s camp and the feeling is that the 33-year-old is trying to force Bartomeu to stand down on Monday and allow elections to take place immediately.


Messi has one year left on his current contract and has a €700million release clause.


If Bartomeu remains in charge his first job is to replace Setien.

Former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino is the preferred choice of the Barça president but the 48-year-old Argentinian does not have the unanimous support of the board.


Former Everton and Southampton coach Ronald Koeman, who won the European Cup with Barcelona as a player, has emerged as the preferred alternative.

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