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BREAKING: Barcelona Appoint New Coach

Barcelona have just appointed their new head coach for the 2017/18 season.

The Catalans were after a new coach following Luis Enrique’s decision to leave the club at the end of the season.

Getting the prestigious job at the Nou Camp is Ernesto Valverde. The 53-year-old has managed across Europe and Spain but is now set for his toughest managerial gig.

Valverde enjoyed two seasons at Barcelona from 1988-90, scoring eights goals in 22 appearances, He then joined Athletic Biilbao, eventually calling time on his playing career at Real Mallorca in 1997.

In 2001, he took up his first job as a coach at Athletic Bilbao as an assistant before being appointed as head coach in 2003.

As well as Bilbao, Valverde has also managed Espanyol, Villarreal and Valencia not to mention two spells in

Valverde enjoyed two seasons at Barcelona from 1988-90, scoring eights goals in 22 appearances, He then joined Athletic Biilbao, eventually calling time on his playing career at Real Mallorca in 1997.

In 2001, he took up his first job as a coach at Athletic Bilbao as an assistant before being appointed as head coach in 2003.

 As well as Bilbao, Valverde has also managed Espanyol, Villarreal and Valencia not to mention two spells in Greece with Olympiakos.

Speaking on behalf of Luis Enrique’s successor, Josep Maria Bartomeu said, “Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. 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.”

While his official club presentation will be later this week, “Ernesto Valverde’s presentation as the new FC Barcelona coach will be this Thursday.”

In Enrique’s final season in charge, Barca were pipped to the La Liga by arch rivals Real Madrid while they were dumped out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals to Juventus after losing 3-0 in the away leg.

But his players gave him a winning send-off as they clinched the Copa del Rey by beating Alaves 3-1 on Saturday.

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