Former Barcelona manager Quique Setien has taken legal action against the LA Liga club over claims that he only received official communication of his sacking on Wednesday.
Barcelona announced in August that Setien had left his post as head coach and he’s since been replaced by Ronald Koeman.
However, the 61-year-old released a strongly-worded statement today to claim he and his backroom staff were only given official notification of his departure in the last 48 hours.
Setien claims there’s been no dialogue or clarification from the club about a severance package – which he was entitled to given his contract was due to run until 2022.
‘Quique Setien, Eder Sarabia, Jon Pascua and Fran Soto – we communicate that, due to the latest information published, we want to make the following clarification,’ the statement read.
‘After a month of absolute silence by the FC Barcelona board of directors, and after various requests by us it is not until yesterday when we finally received the first official communications, by burofax.
‘These communications reveal the clear intention of the directors not to comply with their employment contracts dated 01/14/2020.
‘In my case, Quique Setién, it is public and well known that on August 17, both the Club and the President announced my dismissal with immediate effect.
‘However, it was not until yesterday, September 16 (one month later), when they sent me, for the first time, the written communication of said dismissal (without any settlement).
‘Regarding the rest of the coaching staff, they informed us, also yesterday, to our surprise, of a “future relocation” to the Club. ‘