Bartomeu on Valverde's dismissal: 'I would have liked things to happen differently'
- Barca have sacked Valverde and appointed Setien.
- Bartomeu says the team needed a boost.
- Many attacked the board for the way they have approached the situation.
- The president regrets that it had to be done in such a manner.
Fans, journalists and even Blaugrana legends like Pep Guardiola and Andres Iniesta voiced their disapproval of Barca's treatment of Ernesto Valverde.
Talking about this, the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that he himself didn't quite like how the things turned out.
"Obviously, I would have liked things to happen differently. During recent weeks we have spoken with different managers, including Setien. Until now, nothing had been published, but, and I insist, I would have liked things to have happened differently," the official said, as quoted by Diario Sport.
"We'd spoken with Valverde many times. We are halfway through the season and we felt we needed a boost for what remains of the campaign. And, with that, we want to win La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.
"Abidal and Ramon (Planes) spoke with him, he was in the loop about everything and we thought that it was best to make a change. And (with Setien) we start from a good point, top of the league.
"We have known for a while that the team's dynamic and performances could be improved, even though results have been very good."
Barcelona sacked Valverde on January 13 and announced Quique Setien's arrival almost immediately after. Ernesto left the club after two and a half seasons in which he inspired Barca to four trophies, including two La Ligas.
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