Barcelona are locked in a dispute with former manager Quique Setien over whether to pay out the remaining terms of his contract after he was sacked last August.
Setien was shown the door after Barcelona were humbled in a shock 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. He had been appointed in January 2020, on a two-and-a-half-year contract from Real Betis.
Now, according to Cadena Ser, Barcleona wrote an explosive letter to their former boss saying they will not pay out the remainder of his terms, believed to be around £3.5m, because ‘he didn’t have the ability or attitude to coach the team’.
Barcelona also say in the letter that ‘the second coach seemed to direct the games and training sessions’ instead of Setien.
The Spanish publication adds that Barcelona are prepared to make that defence over their non-payment in court.
It is a saga that could bring Barcelona more negative attention with the club toiling in La Liga under Setien’s successor, Ronald Koeman – they currently sit third in the standings but are 10 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Continue reading