Ernesto Valverde was declared as the new supervisor of Barcelona on Monday, with the former Athletic Bilbao man making a move to the Camp Nou. Barcelona affirmed Valverde, 53, as Luis Enrique’s successor:
The Spaniard was tipped as one of the top picks for the employment even before Enrique reported he would leave Barca toward the finish of the 2016-17 season, per Goal’s Ignasi Oliva and Ben Hayward.
Athletic then announced earlier this month that Valverde would leave the club, and his appointment as Blaugrana boss became almost inevitable.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 29, 2017
Valverde played for the Blaugrana from 1988 to 1990 and won a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a Copa del Rey with the club.
Athletic Bilbao confirm Ernesto Valverde will not manage the club next season.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 23, 2017
He has dealt with various prominent groups since hanging up his boots, including Spanish outfits Athletic, Villarreal, Valencia and Espanyol.
Valverde likewise appreciated accomplishment amid two spells at Olympiakos, where he won three group titles and two Greek Cups.
He has a big job on his hands at Barca, who finished the 2016-17 season with only a Copa del Rey triumph to celebrate.
They missed out on La Liga to Real Madrid and were thumped out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-last stage by Juventus.
It made for a disappointing campaign, especially after Barca had won two league titles, two Copa del Reys and a Champions League in Enrique’s first two seasons in control in 2014-15 and 2015-16.