By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 22:46 GMT, 13 January 2020 | Updated: 22:52 GMT, 13 January 2020
New Barcelona coach Quique Setien might not appeal to fans wanting a strong voice in a dressing room dominated by big-name players, but supporters who feel the club has lost its identity will be delighted he has been confirmed as their new coach.
The self-confessed disciple of Johan Cruyff who once said: ‘I would have given my little finger to have played in Cruyff’s Barça team’ upset fans at his previous club Betis when, while still their manager, he said that, ‘of course he would like to coach Barcelona one day’.
He took Betis into Europe two seasons ago and got the better of the man he replaces leading Betis to a 4-3 over Ernesto Valverde’s Barca last season.
New Barcelona coach Quique Setien might not appeal to fans wanting a strong voice
Setien said: 'I would have given my little finger to have played in [Johan] Cruyff’s Barça team’
But he was sacked in the summer by a board believing he had failed to build on what had been achieved the previous campaign. He has been linked with numerous jobs this season including the Watford position in early December before the appointment of Nigel Pearson. But he had held on for a more suitable offer and his patience has paid off.
Before Betis he coached Las Palmas where he said: ‘I never really understood the game until I saw Cruyff’s Barcelona play. The first time that happened it opened up a new world to me. I