Ernesto Valverde Named As New Barcelona Manager

Spaniard Ernesto Valverde was named the new Barcelona manager on Monday, replacing outgoing manager Luis Enrique.

Valverde has signed a two-year contract with the club, with an option of an additional third year. The club said that Valverde will be officially ushered in as the new manager on Thursday.

Valverde is a former Barcelona player himself and was the manager of another Spanish club, Athletic Bilbao, for the past four years.

In addition to his four years at Bilboa, Valverde also had successful stints at Villarreal, Valencia, and Greek club, Olympiacos, where he managed to win the Greek title three times.

Barcelona club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, said at a recent press conference that he is confident in Valverde’s ability to lead the Spanish giants.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barca way [sic],” he said.

Valverde will inherit a Barcelona team riddled with international superstars, including the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

Barcelona just won their ninth Copa del Rey title on Saturday.

Reporters asked outgoing manager, Luis Enrique, what his advice to Valverde would be , to which he responded: “He has more experience than me. He should enjoy it.”.

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