Barcelona have sacked manager Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with the former Real Betis coach Quique Setién.
Valverde, who had been in charge since the summer of 2017, becomes the first manager at the club to be sacked mid-season since Louis van Gaal 17 years ago.
He leaves with Barcelona through to the knockout phase of the Champions League as group winners and top of La Liga, which they have won for each of the last two years. He had six months left on his contract, plus the option for another year after that.
A club statement read: “Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that united both parties.
“The club publicly expresses its gratitude to Ernesto Valverde for his professionalism, his commitment, his dedication and his always positive treatment towards all that make up the Barça family. We wish him luck and success in the future.”
Valverde won two league titles and the Copa del Rey during his two years in charge but there was criticism of the way his side played
Setien has been given a two-and-a-half year contract until June 2022.