QUIQUE SETIEN has been sacked by Barcelona, the club's president allegedly confirmed.
Josep Bartomeu is understood to have told reporters on Sunday night that the decision to axe the boss was finalised.
He spoke with Spanish outlet Cadena COPE following a meeting with the Barca board, including Eric Abidal.
Bartomeu is believed to have said: "He is out," when asked about Setien's position.
Barcelona are yet to make an official announcement.
However, a press conference is expected to take place on Monday to do so.
Setien only replaced Ernesto Valverde in January.
But failure to win LaLiga and the 8-2 Bayern Munich humiliation meant his time was up.
Setien could only watch on helplessly as the German giants – including Philippe Coutinho, on loan from Barca – tore his side to shreds in the Champions League quarter-final.
The result was one of the most embarrassing in the proud Catalan club's 121-year history.
Cadena COPE add that Ronald Koeman is among the favourites to replace Setien.
The Dutchman, currently in charge of his national team, spent six years of his playing career at the Nou Camp, winning four league titles, the Copa del Rey and the European Cup.
However, Barcelona may appoint internally by promoting Garcia Pimienta from the B team.
Pimienta has been part of the coaching set-up at the club since 2006.
Mauricio Pochettino may be off the cards, though.
The ex-Spurs boss managed rivals Espanyol and for many years refused to even be linked with Barcelona but his name is being mentioned as the search for Setien's successor begins.
As revealed by SunSport, though, Poch is being eyed by Manchester City as a potential replacement for Pep Guardiola.
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