Quique Setien has been sacked from his position as Barcelona head coach after just six months in charge.
The Spaniard took over from Ernesto Valverde in January but the disappointing results and a dressing room rift have been the deciding factors in his departure.
After surrendering the LaLiga Santander title to Real Madrid and going out of the Copa del Rey to Athletic Club, the humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“The Board of Directors have agreed that Quique Setien is no longer the first team coach,” a statement from Barcelona read.
“This is the first decision within a wider restructuring of the first team which will be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, who will be announced in the coming days.”
Setien leaves the Camp Nou with another year still left on his contract, plus an option to extend the deal to 2022.
The lack of understanding between Setien’s coaching staff, especially assistant Eder Sarabia, and the Barcelona players has forced the board to make a decision.
The problems started during the Clasico at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in March when Sarabia was caught on camera badmouthing the players.
Signs of a split in the dressing room was evident during Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo in June as Lionel Messi appeared to ignore Sarabia’s orders during a water break.
Following that draw at Balaidos, Luis Suarez hinted at his discontent with Setien and his coaching team.
“That’s why coaches are there – to analyse that type of situation,” the Uruguayan said.
“We gave everything on the pitch and you’re left with the feeling that, away from home, we’re dropping lots of important points that we couldn’t have dropped in other seasons.”
Truce talks were held between Messi and Setien ahead of the visit of Napoli in August in order to clear the air before the Champions League.
However, the manner of the exit to Bayern in Lisbon was enough to see Barcelona take action.
Having let Setien go, the Catalan club now have important decisions to make over who succeeds him in the Camp Nou dugout.