Barcelona have sacked manager Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with the former Real Betis coach Quique Setién. Valverde, becomes the first manager at the club to be sacked mid-season since Louis van Gaal 17 years ago. He leaves with Barcelona through to the knockout phase of the Champions League as group winners and top of La Liga, which they have won for each of the last two years. He had six months left on his contract, plus the option for another year after that. Setién has been given a two-and-a-half year contract until June 2022.