Bartomeu: ‘We have not considered sacking Quique Setien at all’

FC Barcelona have not considered to sack Quique Setien, says club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The Spanish coach had a turbulent first six months at the club losing the title to Real Madrid, an early Copa del Rey exit and reported unrest in the dressing room. Despite everything, Bartomeu insists that Setien’s position was never in fear and that he will be at the club next season.

Talking to Sport Bartomeu said: “He’s under contract. When we brought him in, we explained that it was a project for this season and the next one. To judge a coach for a few months, in the middle of a pandemic, is very complicated. Arturo Vidal said the same thing: they’ve had very little time to get to know each other and work together.”

Asked he thought about sacking Setien, Bartomeu added: “No, not at any moment. I know there were reports which came out and said if he didn’t win the next two matches we’d replace him with ‘Pimi’ (Garcia Pimienta) but we never spoke about that. Not with Abidal, Planes or the board of directors. Setien is our head coach.”

“We haven’t spoken to anybody. Not [Laurent] Blanc or anyone else. I’ve spoken to Xavi because we have a good relationship but he recently signed a new deal at his current club. Xavi will coach Barça one day and he’ll decide when that is. And whoever brings him here will be right to do that, but only when he feels ready.”