White smoke. Barcelona, after announcing the sacking of Ernesto Valverde, have appointed Quique Setien as their new coach.
The club published a statement explaining that the 61-year-old veteran will take the reins until June 2022. Valverde was axed after the team were defeated by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.
Setien takes charge of a side well placed in the main competitions, top of La Liga and in the Champions League last 16, where they face Napoli. They will be in the Copa del Rey too, starting in January.
Quique's former sides are Betis, Las Palmas, Lugo, Logrones, Polideportivo Ejido and Racing. He played for Atletico Madrid and racing as a player.
"61 year old Quique Setién will be the new FC Barcelona coach," said Barcelona in a statement. "The man from Cantabria in the north of Spain comes to Barça after having had spells at Racing Santander, Poli Ejido, Logroñés, Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis, his previous club in the 2018/19 season. Throughout his career he has been a proponent of possession based, attacking football that has been attractive to the fans.
"As a player Setién was a midfielder who excelled with Racing Santander over 12 seasons in two separate spells. He also featured for Atlético Madrid where he won the Spanish Super Cup as well as enjoying spells at Logroñés and Levante."