Setien: Confusion as Barcelona sack manager, didn’t inform him for one month


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Representatives of the Barcelona board may have to stand before a judge and explain why it sacked manager, Quique Setien and did not officially communicate the decision to him until a month after.

The 61-year-old was sacked on August 17 along with his coaching staff of Eder Sarabia, Jon Pascua and Fran Soto, days after Barcelona’s embarrassing 2-8 loss to Bayern Munich in the UCL quarterfinals.

However, the sacked manager said the decision was not officially communicated to him until Wednesday, September 16, revealing further that Sarabia, Pascua and Soto have been informed by the board that they could be kept on and assigned new roles at the club.

In a statement on Thursday, Setien said that he was considering instituting legal action against the club to seek redress.

The statement read, “Following a month of complete silence from the Barcelona board and following various requests made by us, we didn’t receive the first official communication from the club until yesterday [Wednesday] and did so via burofax.

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“This communication reveals the clear intention of the board to not fulfil the employment contracts signed on January 14, 2020.

“In my case, the club and the president very publicly announced my sacking with immediate effect on August 17.

.”However, it wasn’t until yesterday – which was almost one month later on September 16 – that they first sent me the official communication of this sacking – without any settlement.

“With respect to the rest of the coaching staff, they were told yesterday – much to our surprise – that they would be subject to ‘a significant relocation’ in the club.

“Given all the above, we’ve felt the need to put the resolution of our contracts in the hands of our lawyers, having to lodge the corresponding legal action.

“This is all with the aim of defending our rights and defending what was agreed with Barcelona at the time.”

The club has yet to respond to Setien’s statement.

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