The board of directors of Barcelona debate from the early hours of the afternoon the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, who on Thursday most likely led his last match in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético de Madrid. The Barça club is already negotiating the end of the Extremaduran coach, whose contract ends next June, although there was an option to extend it until 2021.
Valverde will become the first coach dismissed mid-season at Barça for 17 years -Louis van Gaal was the last-, and the names, among others, of Quique Setién and Mauricio Pochettino, sound to occupy the bench immediately Barca. Barça B coach Francisco Javier García Pimienta could also take over the team.
After the refusal of Xavi and Ronald Koeman to accept the position of technical culé, the president of Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has decided to dismiss Valverde, although his managers are currently analyzing the pros and cons of a dismissal immediate. The forms of the Barça leaders have been criticized, among others, by Andrés Iniesta. «The shapes are being a bit ugly. There must be respect for the coach », the legendary Manchego player has acknowledged.
Valverde directed on Monday morning what was probably his last session at the head of Barça in the Sports City of Sant Joan Despí, and later met with Bartomeu for more than an hour to address his future. The coach left the Sports City at 2:00 pm without making any statements, while Bartomeu went to Camp Nou for the key meeting with his managers. Also present at the previous meeting between Bartomeu and Valverde were the executive director of Barcelona, Óscar Grau, and those responsible for the technical secretariat, Eric Abidal and Ramón Planes.
Barça announced on Monday that the first team will have this Tuesday double training session, morning and afternoon, which is not usual in the culé team. «If they give holidays, bad. If there is a double session, weird. And so on, ”wrote the former director with Joan Laporta, Sandro Rosell and Bartomeu and former candidate for the presidency of Barça Toni Freixa on his Twitter account.