Barcelona fires manager Valverde, turns to Setien

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5:39 PM ETSam MarsdenMoises LlorensErnesto Valverde’s tenure as Barcelona coach is over after he was sacked by the club Monday and replaced by former Real Betis manager Quique Setien in the Camp Nou dugout, the team announced.Setien was handed a contract that runs through the 2022 season. Barca were keen to offer him the role until the end of the season with the option to extend for an additional 12 months in the summer, but his agent, Edoardo Crnjar, pushed for a longer deal.Setien, 61, will take over a Barcelona side who sit top of La Liga and are safely through to the Champions League knockout rounds, where they face Italian side Napoli in the last 16.Valverde’s position became untenable over the weekend following Barca’s Spanish Supercopa defeat to Atletico Madrid.The club’s open pursuit of former captain Xavi Hernandez, who turned down the chance to return as coach on Sunday, left Valverde’s future hanging by a thread.Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu met with Valve

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