Quique Setien could never have imagined everything that would happen at Barcelona. First the injuries, then the institutional crisis and, finally, the appearance of coronavirus, which has halted football across Europe and left the completion of the football season in the air.
There's no doubt that he's had setback after setback preventing him from doing his job and the club believe he deserves to lead the new project. They like how he works, his character and the fact he's a club man.
It's obvious, though, that results dictate what happens in football and it's still not known what will happen if football does resume, but there is complete confidence in Setien. The coach has intensified the way the players work in his first few months in charge and is trying to impose his style of play.
As things stand, Barça are top of La Liga and still alive in the Champions League, despite the problems that have blighted their season. They have communicated their faith in Setien to him.
The Catalan club are now preparing for next season and Setien is involved in the talks. He's up to date with the plans and has given his opinion on incomings and outgoings. There's a good working relationship with the sporting directorate, led by sporting director Eric Abidal.
One of the points in his favour is the harmony he's been able to build in the dressing room. He speaks regularly with the players and has always tried to be honest when making drastic decisions. He knows Barça can improve a lot but injuries have hampered him.