Former FC Barcelona boss Quique Setien has released a shock statement regarding the Blaugrana following his sacking, and revealed he will be taking legal action against the club.
Surprise reports on Thursday suggested that the LaLiga giants may have to start their 2020/21 campaign without Ronald Koeman on the sidelines due to Setien and his coaching staff not officially being sacked, despite the club previously stating otherwise.
Seemingly in a bid to clarify the situation, Setien released a statement via his official Twitter account on Thursday evening to confirm the reports, revealing he was only formally relieved of his duties on Wednesday this week.
"Quique Setien, Eder Sarabia, Jon Pascua and Fran Soto communicate that, due to the latest information published, we want to make the following clarification," he said in a statement, according to Goal.
"After a month of absolute silence from the FC Barcelona board of directors, and after various requests from us, it was not until yesterday that we finally received the first official communications, via burofax.
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"These communications reveal the clear intention of the directive not to comply with their employment contracts dated 01/14/2020.
"In my case, Quique Setien, 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 (a month later), that 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' within the Club.
"For all of the above reasons, we have been forced to put the conflict resolution in the hands of our lawyers, having to file the corresponding legal actions. And this, in order to preserve our rights and what was already agreed with FC Barcelona."
Koeman was appointed as Barcelona manager on 19 August, with Setien being replaced after just 25 matches in charge.