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Ernesto Valverde is the new coach of Barcelona after Luis Enrique

Ernesto Valverde is the new coach of Barcelona after Luis Enrique: Spanish club FC Barcelona named their new manager after the final of Copa Del Rey. The former Athletic Bilbao manager will be managing the Catalan club from next season. He also played for the club from 1988 to 1990. The manager spent four years at Athletic Bilbao as a manager. He has been appointed as new Barcelona manager for two years with an option for third.

Ernesto Valverde new manager of Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde replaces Luis Enrique as new Barcelona Manager

Luis Enrique, who took charge of Barcelona three years ago is replaced by former Barcelona forward Ernesto Valverde. Enrique won treble in his debut season at the club, won La Liga and Copa Del Rey last year and won Copa Del Rey this year. Barcelona welcomed their new manager on twitter with a tweet

During the official announcement of Barcelona’s new Manager, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu said praised Valverde’s ability, judgement, knowledge and experience. The President further said “Valverde promotes young players and he plays the Barca way.”

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“He loves youth Football and he has the right style to coach this club and knows how the club works. He has a high work rate, he is a passionate about Football and interested in working with the latest technology.”

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said “Ernesto has done a great job at Athletic the past few years. He played here for Barcelona as a player and I think he could be a good option, as could others.”

The manager has coach and played for Barcelona’s city rivals Espanyol and helped them in reaching 2007 UEFA Cup final. Valverde brings two members from Athletic to Barcelona. First one is Jon Aspiazu who is 15 years old and second is fitness coach Jose Antonio Pozanco. The presentation of Valverde’s will take place on Thursday.

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Managerial career of Ernesto Valverde

Teams managed Period
Athletic Bilbao [Assistant] 2001-2002
Bilbao Athletic 2002-2003
Athletic Bilbao 2003-2005
Espanyol 2006-2008
Olympiacos 2008-2009
Villarreal 2009-2010
Olympiacos 2010-2012
Valencia 2012-2013
Athletic Bilbao 2013-2017
Barcelona 2017

Valverde is known for making good balance of defense and attack. He is likely to make strong defense of Barcelona. When he was managing Olympiacos in 2009, the club conceded just 14 goals to claim the Greek title. Under his management of Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish club never conceded more than 45 goals in single season of La Liga.

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