Barcelona in negotiations with KNVB for Koeman

Barcelona in negotiations with KNVB for Koeman

Barcelona made the announcement in a statement via the club's official Twitter handle on Monday.

FC Barcelona have confirmed the sacking of Quique Setien with immediate effect after their UEFA Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich.

According to The Guardian, the current Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman is set to be appointed as the manager at Camp Nou by next week. It was the first time since 1951 that Barcelona had lost a game by a six-goal margin, while not since 1948 had the team conceded eight goals in a game.

But after Barca were condemned to their heaviest defeat in European competition on Friday, Setien was also sacked after only seven months in charge, after overseeing the club's first trophy-less season in 12 years.

Setien failed to win the dressing room after he was hired in January.

Former midfielder Xavi Hernandez is the favorite to replace Setien with former Espanyol and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino another candidate, despite opposition due to him having coached Barca's bitter local rivals.

The ongoing crisis at Barcelona has seen the club's relationship with their most powerful and important player strained to unprecedented levels.

Messi, whose contract expires next summer, also called off negotiations over a new deal, leading to speculation the Argentine superstar could leave the club.

The former Netherlands worldwide on several occasions has expressed his desire to manage Barcelona and as per reports from Spain is very close to signing a two-year deal with the Blaugranas.

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