‘Yesterday, I was walking around my hometown with COWS… now I’m here at Barcelona’: Quique Setien admits taking Nou Camp hot-seat is beyond his ‘wildest dreams’ as he looks to secure third successive LaLiga title
- Quique Setien was introduced to the media as Barcelona’s new manager
- The former Real Betis manager has come in to replace axed Ernesto Valverde
- He joked that he was surrounded by cows on Monday before he took the job
Quique Setien admitted that he was in his hometown ‘walking with cows’ before the call came offering him the Barcelona job.
The 61-year-old took training on Tuesday morning before signing a contract until June 2022.
Speaking to the media after signing his contract, Setien said: ‘Yesterday, I was walking around my hometown with cows around me and now I’m here at Barcelona managing the best players in the world.
‘I want to thank this institution for giving me the chance. Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. I have to thank the club.
‘I’m excited about this challenge and this project. That is the biggest thing I have to transmit to the players. I have to show the players that and normally it’s not very complicated for me to transmit that.’
Valverde was dismissed despite Barcelona being top of LaLiga and in the last-16 of the Champions League.
Setien paid thanks to his precedessor for leaving such a quality side for him to inherit but questions on Valverde’s dismissal were aimed at president Josep Bartomeu.
When asked why the decision was made to ditch Valverde mis-season, Bartomeu said: ‘The dynamic in the team could be improved, we are in the next round of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey is getting started and we felt it was a dynamic we could improve.
‘We spoke about this many times with Valverde, very openly with him and we have always been very close to Ernesto Valverde with a good relationship and have always spoken about what could be improved.’
More to follow.