Ernesto Valverde Barcelona appoint a new coach

Barcelona have named Ernesto Valverde as their new head coach.

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Barcelona have confirmed the appointment of Ernesto Valverde as their new coach on a three-year deal.

Valverde, who stepped down as Athletic Club boss last week, had been widely expected to be Luis Enrique's successor at the Nou Camp and his appointment was confirmed following a Barca board meeting on Monday afternoon.

Valverde and Juan Carlos Unzué emerged as the only two serious candidates for the post vacated by Luis Enrique, who announced in March that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Valverde, who will be officially unveiled on Thursday, played for Barcelona as a forward between 1988 and 1990 under Johan Cruyff and is one of many of the Dutchman's former pupils to have turned to coaching upon retiring from playing.

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"He's very happy very excited, he has the ability, experience and knowledge for the job," Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu told a news conference."He loves youth football and he has the right style to coach this club and knows how the club works. He has a high work rate, he is passionate about football and interested in working with the latest technology."

Valverde will be thrown in at the deep end with his first competitive game in charge being against Barca's arch-rivals and La Liga champions Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Nou Camp in August.

Before then the team will go on a pre-season tour of the United States with friendlies against Real, Manchester United and Juventus

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