In a post-match conference after Barcelona’s 6-1 victory over Sporting Gijon, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique announced his decision to step down at the end of the season. Enrique’s contract expires in the summer, and he has cited the demanding nature of his job as the reason for his resignation.
Enrique took on the role of manager after Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino’s premature departure in 2014, and led Barcelona to a historic treble at the end of his first year in charge, winning the Champions League, the La Liga and the Copa del Rey. FC Barcelona replicated their domestic success in the Spaniard’s second season at the helm, and also won the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
The Blaugrana manager’s announcement has been supported by club authorities, who were informed of the decision during pre-season preparations. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu issued a statement of support, saying “Luis Enrique has brought us great success and he can still bring us more. The players are motivated to do it. We accept Luis Enrique’s decision. He has been a great coach. Now it is time to end his spell in the best possible way.”
Enriique has assured supporters that his dedication for the job will remain unchanged. Barcelona are currently competing in three competitions, and while they have a strong chance of winning the La Liga and the Copa del Rey, progress in the Champions League seems like an arduous task. The Catalan giants travel to Paris on the 8th of March, and will attempt to overturn a 4-0 first-leg defeat.
Sources: 1] Marca