Valverde named new Barca coach


Enrique, who won nine trophies in three years with the Catalans, including the Copa del Rey in his last match on Saturday, announced he would not be continuing at the Camp Nou and has been succeeded by favourite and former Barca player Valverde.

“Ernesto Valverde is the new FC Barcelona coach for the next two seasons,” read a statement released by the club. “The 53-year-old former Barca player was previously Athletic Club Bilbao coach and he will take over for the 2017/18 season.”

Valverde played for the Spanish giants between 1988 and 1990, winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the Copa del Rey in his two seasons where he played just 29 games and scored 10 goals in all competitions.

Having coached an array of sides, including Olympiacos and La Liga clubs Espanyol, Villarreal and Valencia, Valverde joins after four years at Bilbao, leading them to a seventh-place finish in the league this season.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he is excited with his club’s new acquisition in charge.

"Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience,” he said. “He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way.

"He is a hard worker and he is a fan of using technology in training and in managing matches."

Valverde will be officially presented as the new head coach on Thursday.