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Sacked Coach Slams Barca Star-Turned-Club Owner

One of FC Barcelona's first-team players recently bought a club in Spain, but showed little patience with the coach after a string of bad results – the sacked manager has now hit back at the new owner.

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Blaugrana defender Gerard Pique acquired FC Andorra in December 2018, with the club gaining promotion to the Tercera Division soon after. In July 2019, they bought CF Reus Deportiu's rights to play in Segunda Division B – Spain's third tier.

Pique's club initially did well despite skipping a division, but on 20 February, coach Gabri Garcia was sacked and the axed manager has now spoken out against Pique.

"It was difficult for me to understand the decision, which was obviously Pique's," Gabri, himself a former Barcelona player, told RAC1, as cited by Marca.

"First I was told by the board and then by him. He had the last word. Professionally, I was disappointed."

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The former FC Sion coach feels his sacking was an unjust one after the team's objectives changed in a short space of time.

"I lost three games and they decided that I had to be dismissed," Gabri explained.

"They told me that they didn't see me capable of reversing the situation to get the team into the play-offs.

"That team was made in two weeks. It was designed to play in Tercera and to try to fight for promotion to the Segunda B. We went up, but even the players we signed were told that they might even suffer in order not to go down.

"After the first few matches, it was assumed that FC Andorra would be towards the bottom of the table. But then we were leaders for four games and only two other teams were top of the table more.

"These are not bad numbers for a team that had just been promoted and had not been at that level for 20 years.

"They started to believe that going up from the Segunda B to the Segunda was going to be easy."

Read: Barca Transfer News: Seven Out, Seven In?

FC Andorra are currently in ninth place with 41 points, eight points behind the play-off spots to Spain's second division.

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