FC Barcelona has fired Ernesto Valverde and hired Quique Setien. Barcelona is among the most successful soccer teams in the world. It fired Ernesto and hired Quique when Ernesto had won the last two Spanish league titles and was leading this year. Quique’s teams have won 187 out of 500 while Ernesto has won 97 of 145 at Barcelona. From what we have heard Quique was somewhere around Barcelona’s fifth choice for the job. This reminds us of the movie To Die For. We understand why Joaquin Phoenix’s character would do stuff for Nicole Kidman’s character that leads to his death. If we were a loser with limited skills then getting to play house with Nicole for a short period is as good as we could hope for. If you had other choices then Nicole Kidman for a few months or a normal life would be a tough choice for us. For Joaquin’s character it should have been an easy choice.
Quique had a similar choice but with significantly different outcomes. He is 61. He is a good coach but there is no reason for Barcelona to hire him. He gets a short term opportunity to coach Lionel Messi, perhaps the best soccer player on the planet, and the rest of the Barcelona team for a few months. It is possible, although unlikely, that he will get to keep the job for a few years. More likely, the Barcelona stars are getting old and the next coach will revamp the team. Quique will get to tell his grandchildren that he coached Lionel. Unlike Joaquin’s character he won’t get killed. Instead, when they fire him he will get a big check. We hope Quique enjoys his stay at Barcelona.