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Barcelona sacks Ernesto Valverde

Spanish champions Barcelona have sacked their coach Ernesto Valverde and appointed Quique Setien as his replacement.

The decision to remove Valverde was confirmed following a board meeting that lasted more than four hours at Camp Nou yesterday.

Barca are top of La Liga but have won only one of their last five matches.

Valverde is the first coach the club has sacked mid-season since Louis van Gaal in 2003.

Setien will be presented in a press conference at Camp Nou today.