Spanish football expert Graham Hunter claims that the Spanish champions approached three other candidates before the former Real Betis head coach was
New Barcelona manager Quique Setien was 'fourth choice' to take over at Nou Camp

New Barcelona manager Quique Setien was 'fourth choice' to take over at Nou Camp

New Barcelona manager Quique Setien was 'fourth choice' to take over at Nou Camp

New Barcelona manager Quique Setien was 'fourth choice' to take over at Nou Camp

New Barcelona manager Quique Setien was 'fourth choice' to take over at Nou Camp

New Barcelona manager Quique Setien was 'fourth choice' to take over at Nou Camp
New Barcelona manager Quique Setien was 'fourth choice' to take over at Nou Camp
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New Barcelona boss Quique Setien was the club's "fourth choice, at best" for the job, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

The former Real Betis head coach was appointed by the Spanish champions on Monday after Ernesto Valverde was sacked, despite the club currently sitting top of La Liga.

Although Setien has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Nou Camp, Hunter claims that former midfielder Xavi Hernandez, Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino were all approached before the club turned to the 61-year-old.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Transfer Talk podcast , Hunter said: "They went out to Qatar to try and persuade Xavi, who they should have known wouldn't come, couldn't come.

"They tried to persuade Ronald Koeman, who had already told them previously he wouldn't join them. He thinks he'll coach the Netherlands to the European Championship and victory this summer.

Setien was named Barcelona boss on Monday after Ernesto Valverde was sacked

"They sussed out what Mauricio Pochettino had previously said, that he'd rather go back and work on his farm in Argentina than go and coach Barcelona , they tried to persuade him.

"Quique Setien is an attractive coach with a [Johan] Cruyff mentality but he is fourth choice, at best. It has been a risible Keystone Cops affair from start to finish."

Setien himself admitted that he was surprised to be offered the job during his first news conference, stating that his appointment was beyond his "wildest dreams."

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi was considered to be the favourite for the job after he confirmed that he met with club officials over the weekend.

Xavi was understood to be Barcelona's top choice for the job

And Hunter claimed that the 39-year-old, who currently manages Qatari side Al Sadd, could still return to the Camp Nou in the future.

"Xavi is very aligned to a presidential candidate who wants to take over the club when there are elections in 2021," he added. "His name is Victor Font.

"They work together, they are a team. It is anticipated that is when Xavi will come back.

"This president, [Josep Maria] Bartomeu, went to Xavi to kind of say 'Drop that, forget your friend, forget all your allegiances'.

Hunter claimed that Barca also tried to persuade Mauricio Pochettino to take the job

"He also went to Xavi and said 'Come now, forget the fact your Qatari team has got a cup final to play this Friday'. Something that he's qualified them for. He's been pretty successful in his first season in coaching in Qatar.

"It is no secret he's paid gigantic sums to be there. The idea of persuading him to abandon his club, to abandon the huge contract he's got and to abandon his friend Victor Font, who wants to take over in 2021.

"This was a mission that I think was absolutely doomed for failure."

Setien is set to take charge of the La Liga leaders for the first time when they host Granada on Sunday.

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Channing Tatum and Jessie J spark romance rumours as they're 'spotted' together

Channing Tatum and Jessie J spark romance rumours as they're 'spotted' together

Channing Tatum and Jessie J have been fuelled reunion rumours just one month after they ended their romance.

The pair were reportedly spotted together in Los Angeles over the weekend in a high-end furniture shop just four weeks after they decided to part ways.

It seems the exes were unable to tear themselves away from each other when they enjoyed time together in the wake of their split.

According to an onlooker, the pair didn't share any romantic PDA moments but it appeared they tried to go under the radar.

An insider told E! news : "They were both dressed down in sweats and trying to be low-key.

Channing Tatum and Jessie J spark reunion rumours after being spotted together

"No PDA but both were in great moods and together the whole time while giving their opinions on different items."

The Mirror approached Jessie J and Channing Tatum's representatives.

It comes as the couple were believed to have split last month due to their hectic schedules and the pressure it placed it had on their long-distance relationship.

A source said of the break up to MailOnline : "He [Channing] is super busy with his career, as a dad and will be travelling a lot in the coming months.

"He has a world awaiting him and is trying to manage how busy he is which isn't easy."

The 39-year-old Magic Mike star is believed to have split from the British summer last month due to their hectic schedules

Although many have speculated the duo are back together, there is a high chance that Channing and Jessie were simply out as friends.

At the time of their breakup, a source confirmed to E! News they remained close.

What's more, Channing was recently even reported to be dipping his toes back in the dating game on members-only apps like Raya .

At the time of their breakup, a source confirmed to E! News that they remained close

A source told the publication that the hunky actor had been looking around on the sites for a couple of weeks.

"He's been on Raya for a few weeks" the insider said. "He would love to be dating someone and is not shy about it."

Jessie J and Channing's love (pictured together) blossomed just months after Channing's nine-year marriage to Jenna Dewan crumbled in the April of that year

The break-up came as a huge shock to fans as the famous pair were always spotted looking incredibly loved-up.

After revealing their union, Jessie had thrown her support behind her new beau by attending all of his Magic Mike Live shows in November last year.

Then in March, Channing wrote a series of flirtatious comments on Jessie's Instagram page.

By August there were even reports of the couple planning on moving in together.

A source told The Sun at the time: "Jessie and Channing’s relationship has been going from strength to strength.

Jessie J shares sweet selfies with her handsome beau Channing Tatum on romantic day out
Jessie J shares sweet selfies with her handsome beau Channing Tatum on romantic day out

"They still spend a lot of time in America, but when they’re in the UK they find London quite intense so enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside.

"The property they’ve been using suits them down to the ground as it’s not too far from London, but it’s really relaxing and away from all the noise so they can spend quality time together.”

Channing raises his six-year-old daughter Everly with his ex Jenna.

The actor and Jenna were married for nine years before splitting in 2018.

Love Island viewers blast Mike Boateng for desperate chat up lines on date with twins

Love Island viewers blast Mike Boateng for desperate chat up lines on date with twins

Love Island contestant Mike Boateng left viewer outraged during tonight's episode of the show as his head was turned by bombshell twins Eve and Jess Gale.

Last night's explosive episode saw twin Jess steal Mike from Leanne while Eve chose to steal Callum from Shaughna.

During a romantic double date, the two new couples got to know each other further.

Viewers sent social media into meltdown as they listened to Mike's hardcore flirting with the bubbly blondes.

As Jess revealed she studied psychology, Mike kicked off his cheesy chat-up lines by asking her to 'read his mind.'

Love Island contestant Mike Boateng left viewer outraged as his head was turned by bombshell twins Eve and Jess Gale
Love Island contestant Mike Boateng left viewer outraged as his head was turned by bombshell twins Eve and Jess Gale

The conversation turned even more 'cringey' as the policeman asked if the twins had ever been on a double date before.

Eve replied: "Me and Jess have never been on a double date before ever.

Continuing to boost his ego, the hunky copper cheekily asked Jess if she enjoyed their smooch during the steamy secrets challenge.

He subtly questioned: Staying on the topic of good kisses, how was it? I'm going to jump straight in," which was met with a flood of giggles from the girls.

Viewers sent social media into meltdown as they listened to Mike's hardcore flirting with the bubbly blondes
Viewers sent social media into meltdown as they listened to Mike's hardcore flirting with the bubbly blondes

Viewers labelled the islander as 'desperate' after watching him pretend that he 'completely rolled himself out' as he didn't think the twins would pick him.

Relying on sympathy, he touched on the blonde beautys' heartstrings, saying: "It's nice to know that I'm wanted.

"That somebody actually likes me."

Mike complimented the twins further as he said: "Even from first time we were speaking, it's proper chilled chatting to you girls."

Continuing to boost his ego, the hunky copper asked Jess if she enjoyed their smooch during the steamy secrets challenge
Continuing to boost his ego, the hunky copper asked Jess if she enjoyed their smooch during the steamy secrets challenge

Viewers instantly fled to Twitter to slam the star's cheesy lines and desperate chat.

One user wrote: "Mike is a cringey guy," while another agreed labelling him "proper cringe."

Another hilariously joked: "Mike is the type to ask a girl 'where's my hug'?"

A Love Island fan swiped at Mike, arguing: "This is how some guys lie to themselves to justify f***k boy moves."

While another agreed, writing: "Mike is one of those boys moves on every girl in the club chatting bare and selling dreams lol."

Viewers labelled the islander as 'desperate' after watching him pretend that he didn't think the twins would pick him
Viewers labelled the islander as 'desperate' after watching him pretend that he didn't think the twins would pick him

Whereas one viewer could see the comical side to the double date as they pointed out the confusing similarities between the twins.

The user shared: "Mike is trying WAY too hard to impress the twins loool I don't even know which one he’s with."

Viewers appeared annoyed that Mike seemed to change his tune so quick after getting cosy with former partner Leanne in bed.

He also attempted to keep Leanne on side by telling her he only had his eyes set on her.

Viewers appeared annoyed that Mike seemed to change his tune so quick after getting cosy with Leanne in bed
Viewers appeared annoyed that Mike seemed to change his tune so quick after getting cosy with Leanne in bed

The episode ended with a surprise twist as Mike finally made his decision and admitted he is "leaning towards Leanne."

He broke the news to Jess with an awkward chat, where the blonde London babe shut down the star and said she was 'shocked.'

The show ended with Mike rekindling things with Leanne after putting things to a close with Jess.

The show ended with Mike rekindling things with Leanne after putting things to a close with Jess
The show ended with Mike rekindling things with Leanne after putting things to a close with Jess

He told the beach hut: "I've not seen a lot of Leanne today but as the day has gone on, my feelings have swayed more towards her."

During Love Island launch on Sunday night, Leanne stepped forward for Mike and he chose her to couple up with.

* Love Island airs daily at 9pm on ITV2

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