It was being rumoured for weeks now, especially the last ten days it felt almost official, and, it finally is; Ernesto Valverde is the new coach of Barcelona, replacing Luis Enrique, who earlier in the season announced his decision not to continue at the Blaugrana.
I have spoken personally with Ernesto Valverde and I told him of our decision
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the official website of the club.
He said he is very excited and very happy, that it’s a great challenge to come in as head coach of Barca
Bartomeu added, minutes after Barcelona had announced Valverde’s arrival officially on their website.
There is time to talk about why we chose him. We know he has ability, his knowledge and his experience. He loves youth football and he has a special style, similar to what we do at Barca. He has philosophy similar to Barca’s and trains the way we like to train
the Barcelona president said as well, giving an idea why the board of directors made the decision to give the job to the former Athletic Bilbao coach.
Valverde is a former Barcelona player, having spent two seasons at Camp Nou, from 1988 to 1990.