Josep Maria Bartomeu has promised big changes following Barcelona’s Champions League humiliation by Bayern Munich – with Quique Setien believed to be on the brink of being sacked.
Head coach Setien looks destined for the chop after Barca were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern on Friday, with Xavi and Mauricio Pochettino among the names in the frame to replace him.
Setien was already under pressure going into the quarter-final, but the 61-year-old appears doomed following one of the club’s worst defeats in Europe – which president Bartomeu described as “a disaster”.
After the humiliating defeat, Bartomeu said “today is not the day” for detailing the changes – but promised that big decisions would be announced in the coming week following the end of a trophy-less season.
“It’s been a disaster, and now it’s time to take some decisions,” said Bartomeu to Movistar, in quotes translated for Barcelona’s English language Twitter page.
“Some of them we’ve already thought about. We need to take these decisions, and there’s some others that we have to take now.”
Asked what decisions were going to be made, Bartomeu replied: “Today’s not a day to talk about that. Today’s a day for feeling bad for ourselves.
“I’m not going to say right now what the changes are because some of them we’ve already thought of before what’s happened in the Champions League.
“But this is for the week to come. Today’s not the day for that. Today’s the day for feeling bad, and trying to lift our head tomorrow, and in the week we’ll talk about these decisions we need to take.”
Those decisions are thought to include replacing Setien, while sporting director Eric Abidal and CEO Oscar Grau are also said to face uncertain futures, according to journalist Gianluca di Marzio.
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The president went on to apologise to fans for Friday night’s abject performance, saying “this isn’t the Barca that we believe in”.
“Above all I need to say sorry to the members, the fans, and the cules [ Barcelona fans] because this isn’t the Barca that we believe in.
“It’s tough, it’s really tough. I feel bad for all the members, for the fans, for the players, for everyone, because we’ve not been the team that we are and the club that we should be, and I feel so bad about it.”
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