Barcelona Announces Luis Enrique New Boss

Barcelona have confirmed Luis Enrique will return to the Nou Camp to manage its first team, three years after leaving to gather experience outside.

The manager, who quit his position at fellow La Liga outfit Celta de Vigo last week, has signed a two-year deal with the Baulgranas for an undisclosed fee.

The 44-year-old left the club to coach Italian club Roma in 2011, leading the Serie A outfit to a seventh-place in his first season, when the side also reached the Italian Cup Semi-final.

He returned to Spain last year to manage Celta de Vigo, whom he guided to an impressive eighth-place finish.

Luis Enrique Returns to Coach Barca's First Team Three Years After Leaving to Gather Wealth of Experience.
Luis Enrique Returns to Coach Barca’s First Team Three Years After Leaving to Gather Wealth of Experience.

Enrique succeeds Argentine Gerardo Martino, after the 51-year-old ended his two-year deal with the Baulgranas by mutual consent.

Barca finished the 2013/14 campaign having not won any major trophy, despite having a chance to retain the La Liga title it won in late Tito Vilanova’s final season, needing a home win over champions Atletico Madrid in the final day of the season.

Enrique joined Barca from Real Madrid in 1996 and went on to make 300 appearances, scoring 109 goals before retiring from his playing career in 2004. He was captain of the side in the final two seasons of his professional football career.

His second spell at the club had him coach the B team, a side he led into the Division 2 league in his second sesaon and also inspired a third-place finish with record points haul in his third season.

He is expected to return to the Catalan giants alongside Rafinha Alcantara, who played as a loan player for the Galicians last season, while Everton’s hopes of renewing Gerard Deolofeu’s loan spell has been dealt a blow with the new coach said to be interested in the player.