Former Barcelona handler Quique Setien has officially been announced as Samuel Chukwueze’s new head coach at Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarines announced Setien’s appointment in a statement released on Tuesday.
Setien replaces Unai Emery who has replaced Steven Gerard at Aston Villa.
“Villarreal CF have reached an agreement with Quique Setién for the Santander-born coach to take charge of the Yellows for the remainder of the current season and the entirety of the following one.
“The Cantabrian coach will conduct his first session in charge of the team tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be presented in a press conference exclusively for the media in the press room of the José Manuel Llaneza Training Ground.
“Enrique Setién Solar (Santander, 27th September 1958) is a manager with a long history and experience in Spanish football, having coached historic Spanish teams such as FC Barcelona, Real Betis Balompié, UD Las Palmas, CD Luego, CD Logroñés, Poli Ejido and Racing Santander.
“Setien, who played between 1977 and 1996, is known for the good football and combinative play that he has deployed in the teams he has coached throughout his extensive top-level career.
“His achievements as a head coach include a promotion with Racing Santander to the Spanish top division in his first season there (2001/02) and another with CD Lugo to the second tier (2007/08). In his two seasons at Real Betis Balompié, he also reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.
“His last experience as a head coach was at FC Barcelona, who he managed during the 2020/21 season.
“Setién will take over the role as head coach at the Submarine alongside his assistant head coach Ramiro Amarelle and fitness coach Fran Soto.”