Ernesto Thanks Barca
By Samuel Victor Akpan
Former Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde has thanked the fans for the “experience and affection” showed him during his time as head coach.
The Catalan club sacked the former Athletic Bilbao boss on Monday after two-and-a-half years at the club following poor results in recent games.
In a letter to the fans, board and colleagues, Valverde described his time at the Camp Nou as “intense.”
He said: “My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end. It has been an intense two and a half years right from the start.”
“In that time I have enjoyed some joyful moments celebrating victories and trophies but also others that have been tough and difficult. However, above all, I would like to highlight my experience with the fans and the affection showed towards me during my time as coach.”
While expressing gratitude to the board and players also, the 55-year-old wished the club good luck for the future.
“I would like to thank the president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to coach the first team and their confidence during all this time.”
“I would also like to thank all the people I have worked with at the Club for their support and how they treated me during the two and a half seasons, especially those who work in and around the first team and with whom I have shared so many moments at the Ciutat Esportiva and during away trips.”
“Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together. From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setién also.”
Following Velverde’s dismissal, Barcelona have appointed Quique Setién as new manager. This is despite reports linking former player Xavi Hernandez with a return to the club as manager.
The Real Betis manager, Setién, arrives the Camp Nou with huge expectations after guiding the side to a sixth-place finish and qualification for the Europa League.
During his time at the club, Valverde led the Catalans to two successive La Liga titles and they currently sit top of the log this season albeit on goal difference.