Newly appointed Barcelona coach Quique Setien says he did not imagine in his wildest dreams becoming the Barca mentor and says he was walking in his home town with cows around him hours before his appointment.
Setien has replaced Ernesto Valverde on a contract until the end of the 2021-22 season and was unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday.
The 61-year-old led Real Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semi-finals before leaving in May.
“Yesterday, I was walking around my home town (Santander) with cows around me and now I’m here at Barcelona managing the best players in the world” said Setien.
“I want to thank this institution for giving me the chance. Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. I have to thank the club. I’m excited about this challenge and this project”
Nicknamed “El Maestro’, he was best known for his Racing de Santander spells, starting and finishing his 19-year professional career at the club and amassing La Liga totals of 374 matches and 58 goals over 15 seasons.
In 2001, Setien started a managerial career, going on to coach several teams including Racing Santander, Equatorial Guinea, Las Palmas and Real Betis.
By Ofhani Munyai