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Barcelona has sacked manager, Ernesto Valverde after two-and-a-half years at the Nou Camp, and replaced him with Quique Setien who has taken charge until June 2022.

According to Sky Sports, since Louis van Gaal was dismissed in January 2003, Valverde remains the first manager to be sacked by Barcelona mid-season.

On his sack, there are speculations from sources that the sack came after Barca were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday after a 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid; despite the fact that  Barcelona are currently ahead of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on goal difference.

Sky Sports also reports that, they are also through to the Champions League knockout stages, where they will face Napoli in the Round of 16 in February.

On his feat so far, Valverde, previously at Athletic Bilbao and Valencia, replaced Luis Enrique in 2017 and won back-to-back league titles during his time in charge.

Setien, 61, has had recent success in La Liga, guiding Las Palmas to survival in 2015, before taking Real Betis into Europe in 2018.

He was sacked at the end of a campaign that he recorded wins over Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid last season