Barely 24 hours after Barcelona sacked head coach Quique Setien, the Spanish club has on Tuesday, announced the departure of Sporting Director Eric Abidal.
Abidal, who was a former defender and two-times Champions League winner with the club, had been in the role for over two years.
Also. Setien was relieved of his duties in the wake of Friday’s embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, with Barcelona warning of a “broad restructuring of the first-team”.
The Spanish club acted quickly to agree on a deal in principle to bring in Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman to replace Setien.
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One of Abidal’s final acts in his role as Barcelona sporting director was to inform Setien of the club’s decision to let him go in a meeting some days after the club’s elimination from the Champions League.
According to a statement from the club, “The FC Barcelona and Eric Abidal have reached an agreement for the termination of the contract binding both parties.
“The Club publicly expresses its gratitude to Éric Abidal for the professionalism, commitment, dedication and positive and close treatment that he has always shown towards all the estates that make up the Barça family, and wishes him luck and success in the future.”