Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique is to leave the Spanish club at the end of the season and his replacement is yet to be made official.
Meanwhile, Jorge Sampaoli, Ernesto Valverde and Enrique’s assistant, Carlos Unzue has been linked to take the managerial role.
The former Barcelona midfielder and Celta Vigo coach who was appointed in May 2014 announced his departure from the club after his team’s 6-1 win against Sporting Gijon at Camp Nou on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
‘I will not be the coach of Barcelona next season, I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me, it’s been three unforgettable years,’ he said.
Enrique in his first season guided Barcelona to win the treble; the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey.The 46-year-old who will be stepping down when his contract expires this summer added:
‘It is a difficult, measured and well thought out decision, and I think I have to be loyal to what I think. There are three exciting months ahead.’
Enrique has won eight trophies during the three years he’s spent as head coach at Barca.
His team will face Alaves in the Copa Del Rey final on May 27, 2017 with the hopes to add to the many titles he’s won with the Spanish club.