The club said in a Monday statement that it had sacked coach Ernesto Valverde, replacing him with former Real Betis manager Quique Setien.
"FC Barcelona and Quique Setien have reached an agreement for the latter to become first team coach until 30 June 2022", Barcelona said in the statement.
Agreement between FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde to end his contract as manager of the first team. Thank you for everything, Ernesto. Best of luck in the future. pic.twitter.com/zrIgB1sW2e— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2020
According to media reports, the decision to terminate Valverde's contract was approved following a club board meeting that lasted several hours at the Camp Nou home stadium on Monday.
Despite a solid domestic record, Valverde's stance was challenged by a failure to win the Champions League, suffering defeats from AS Roma in 2018 and Liverpool in 2019 after taking a three-goal lead in each tie.
Setien, 61, has coached Real Betis, which he left last season by mutual consent after leading the club to a 10th-place finish.