Barcelona have appointed former Athletic coach, Ernesto Valverde as their new head coach on a two-year deal, with an option for a third following Luis Enrique, decision to leave the club..
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who praised the 53-year-old Valverde’s “ability, judgement, knowledge and experience.” said in a press conference on Monday;
“I have spoken personally with Valverde and he is happy and excited about the challenge of coaching Barca,”
“He has a philosophy of the game that is very Barca and he is a hard worker. Also, he is passionate about applying technology to both training and matches.”
Valverde played for Barca for two years between 1988 and 1990 winning the Cup Winners’ Cup and Copa del Rey as a player at Barca, while he also played for Espanyol, and Real Mallorca, winning one senior cap for Spain.