At the beginning of this week, Ernesto Valverde was fired by Barcelona and became the only head coach released by the club in the middle of the season since Louis Van Gaal in 1993. He will be replaced by the experienced Quique Setien.
The formal reason is Barcelona’s shaky form in the past
several games. That includes three draws in the last four La Liga matches and a
dramatic exit from the Spanish Super Cup after losing a late lead against
And yet, one could say that wasn’t the end of the world.
Barcelona is still leading La Liga and is alive in both the Champions League
and the Copa del Rey. If you add the two domestic titles in Valverde’s first
two seasons at the helm, it seems surprising that he’s gone.
To understand the reasons behind his sacking better, we