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Rivaldo slams Barcelona board for firing Valverde

Barcelona legend slams team's hierarchy for tasteless handling of Valverde's sack

January 15, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
Some former Blaugrana players had spoken out regarding this issue, but no one was as spot-on as this former Ballon D'Or winner.

Pep Guardiola, Xavi and other prominent names in Barcelona's history had criticized how the team handled Ernesto Valverde's dismissal earlier this week, but Rivaldo took it a step further with his harsh comments on this matter.

The Brazilian star took aim at president Josep María Bartomeu and his staff for allowing the names of the coaches they had been speaking with to be leaked to the press.

"It's clear that Barcelona didn't deal well with this change of manager. They were a little naive and perhaps disrespectful with Valverde; it is never a positive action to start negotiating with a new manager while the current one is still working," Rivaldo stated on

According to Rivaldo, things got out of hand once the two main options to take the job decided to step aside.

"Of course, Xavi and Ronald Koeman rejecting their proposals also added to that problem, creating lots of speculation before they finally announced Quique Setién," the Brazilian ace added.

Rivaldo kept on going and questioned why Barcelona failed to prepare for all scenarios, which is a requirement for a big club.

"We all know that the process wasn't well driven by Barcelona's board. Clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona should always have back-up managers in order to avoid such situations," the Ballon D'Or winner stated.

The former AC Milan player revealed the reasons why he believes Los Blaugranas chose Quique Setién, and that's where his poor resume comes in.

"I believe Barcelona signed Setién because there was no turning back after contacting Xavi and Koeman without success. It won't make any sense to keep Valverde after that and so they have seen this third option as a good one,"Rivaldo said.

In fact, Rivaldo believes that Setién will only lead Barcelona through a trasition period due to the upcoming elections within the club, where a new president -with a new coach- may determine who the coach will be.

"He has a good reputation in the country after overseeing some great football at Real Betis and, without any big clubs or titles on his CV, negotiations would have been easier and less expensive and won't create problems if they want to change again," the former midfielder concluded.

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