Former Betis manager, Quique Setien has been hired as Barcelona’s new manager after Ernesto Valverde was sacked following the club’s elimination from Spanish Super Cup semi final against Atletico Madrid.

Setien, 61, signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will be formally presented to the media shortly.

The former Spanish midfielder led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May.

Under Setien, Betis won against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid during his two-year tenure.

He also led Las Palmas to 11th in La Liga which turned out to be their best finish for 40 years.

Meanwhile, Barca have released a statement after Valverde’s sacking to thank him for “his professionalism, his commitment, his dedication and his always positive treatment towards all that make up the Barca family”.

On the other hand, other names have been linked before Setien was hired and they include former Barcelona midfielder, Xavi who reportedly rejected the role after he couldn’t reach an agreement with the club, and former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.