- Quique Setien has stated that he never imagined himself becoming Barcelona manager
- He, therefore, thanked the management and board of directors who gave him the role
- Setien added that he was walking past the cows in his village yesterday before getting the job
Newly appointed Barcelona manager Quique Setien has made it clear that he has never in his life dreamed of him becoming the coach of the reigning Spanish champions.
The 61-year-old Spaniard was appointed as replacement for Ernesto Valverde who was sacked at Nou Camp despite the Catalans topping the La Liga standings.
Before appointing Quique Setien as the new coach, Barcelona approached former captain Xavi for him to replace Valverde, but he rejected the offer.
Barcelona chiefs had to give Setien the managerial job thereby handing him a contract until the summer of 2022.
The former Real Betis gaffer has now thanked Barcelona board for the chance giving to him to work with the best players in the world.
“First of all I want to thank this institution, the president, Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes for the opportunity they have given me to come here.
“Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this, that I would be here.
“I am somebody who is very emotional and today is a very special day for me. But, first things first.
“Yesterday I was walking past the cows in my village, now I'm here training the best players in the world.
''I have to thank the club and the next thing is that I’m excited about this challenge and this project,'' Quique Setien explained while speaking at his official unveiling.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi reportedly threatened to leave Barcelona should the club fail to bring an alternative solution to the recent crisis bedeviling it.
The Argentine hitman has been a messianic figure for the Catalans since the beginning of the campaign but was unable to replicate his brilliance as Barcelona were disgracefully outsmarted by Espanyol.
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