Sacked Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde has finally come out to make his first remarks after being fired as head coach of the Spanish champions and being replaced by former Real Betis manager, Quique Setien late last night.
Valverde, who as a professional footballer, played for six teams in a 14-year professional career, including Espanyol, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, amassing La Liga totals of 264 games and 68 goals, adding 55 matches and nine goals in Segunda División publicly thanked the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and fans shortly after he was sacked.
“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.” Valverde said in his open letter to the Barcelona supporters, posted on the club’s official website
“However, above all I would like to highlight my experience with the fans and the affection showed towards me during my time as coach. 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. All the best to everyone. Visca Barça and Visca Catalonia.”
The 55-year old will be replaced by Setien following the club’s Spanish Super Cup semi-final 3 – 2 defeat to Atletico Madrid last week despite winning back-to-back league titles and guarding Barcelona to the top of La Liga Table.