Thursday, 2 March 2017

Luis Enrique Leaving Barcelona At The End Of Season?

Luis Enrique has announced he'll leave Barcelona after this season.
The Barça boss made the shock announcement after the 6-1 La Liga win over Sporting Gijon at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

Enrique said he is in need of a rest and it's time for somebody else to take charge.
"I will not be manager of Barcelona next season," he revealed.

"In preseason I had a meeting with [club directors Albert] Soler and Robert [Fernandez], during which I spoke about the possibility of not renewing.

"They told me that there was no rush to decide. But the moment has arrived.

"The reason is the way I have to live this profession, constantly looking to improve. It means I have very little time to rest.

"It's been a difficult, but well-thought-through decision. I need to rest. I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me and for three unforgettable years." 
Barca are still fighting to win three competitions, and Enrique called for complete focus from everyone involved with the club between now and the end of the season.
"There are three months left, and we are in a difficult situation, especially in one competition [the Champions League]," he added.

"But with the help of everyone -- and if the stars align -- we can turn things around [against Paris Saint-Germain on March 8].

"My dedication during the coming three months will be total." 
Barca won the Treble in their first season under Enrique after he replaced Gerardo Martino in 2014 and followed it up with a double last season.

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