Former Barcelona manager Quique Setien lands new role

Former Barcelona boss Quique Setien ‘is set to be appointed manager of Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Shabab in his first role for TWO YEARS’ since nightmare Nou Camp spell that saw his side hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich

  • Quique Setien managed Barcelona between January 2020 and August 2020
  • His final game in charge at the club was an 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich
  • He has not managed since, but is now finally set to return to the dugout 
  • He is on the verge of being appointed manager of Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab 

Former Barcelona manager Quique Setien is reportedly on the brink of ending his two-year absence from the dugout as he is set to become the new head coach of Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab.

The 63-year-old spent seven months at the Nou Camp, taking charge of 25 matches and winning 16 of them.

However, he is best remembered for overseeing Barcelona’s 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals in August 2020, which proved to be his final game at the helm.

Quique Setien is set to return to management after two years away from the touchline

His last game as a manager came in 2020 when his Bayern Munich thrashed his Barcelona side

Setien also lost his only El Clasico as manager, and had his tactics questioned by Lionel Messi, with the Argentine superstar asking to leave the club after the humiliating loss to Bayern.

The experienced manager has not been seen on the touchline since being relieved of his duties by Barcelona, but he has now agreed to take over at Al-Shabab, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The deal will see Setien and his four-man coaching team earn €3.7million per season (£3.2m) between them.

Quique Setien fell out with Lionel Messi as his time at Barcelona came to a sour end

Setien has only managed outside of Spain once before when he briefly took charge of Equatorial Guinea back in 2006.

Apart from Barcelona, his most notable roles have been at Lugo, who he guided back into LaLiga, and at Real Betis, where he took the team into Europe.

This led to him being picked up by Barcelona as he replaced Ernesto Valverde, but his time at the Catalan giants would be short-lived. 

He will now look to restore his managerial reputation at Al-Shabab, who have won the Saudi Arabia Premier League on six occasions, although they have not claimed the title for the past decade.

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