Barcelona have sacked coach Quique Setien, three days after the Catalan giants were hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

According to widespread Spanish media reports, Netherlands coach and former Barca defender Ronald Koeman is set to be named as Setien's successor.

Setien, 61, was appointed in January after the club sacked two-time league winner Ernesto Valverde despite his side sitting top of the La Liga standings on goal difference.

But after Barca were condemned to their heaviest defeat in European competition on Friday, Setien was also sacked after only seven months in charge.

Barca finished second behind champions Real Madrid in the recent La Liga campaign.

Setien had signed a contract to keep him at the LaLiga outfit until the summer of 2022.

But an official club statement on Monday read: "The board of directors have agreed that Quique Setien is no longer the first-team coach.

"This is the first decision within a wider restructuring of the first team which will be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, who will be announced in the coming days."


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Setien won 16 of his 25 games in charge of Barca, but it was his five defeats which proved crucial.

Even before Friday's thrashing to Bayern Munich, the Spaniard was under pressure after he failed to stop Real Madrid clinching the La Liga title.

The former Real Betis boss was also unable to lead Barcelona to success in the Copa del Rey either, with Atletico Bilbao knocking them out in the quarter-finals.

One of the problems for the new manager to solve will be the future of captain Lionel Messi, who will be out of contract next summer.