No big surprise but it is now official that Luis Enrique Martinez will take over from Tata Martino as Barça’s new coach. A board meeting was held this afternoon which has confirmed Luis Enrique will sign a two-year contract. The club has also stated that Rafinha and Deulofeu will return to the first team next season and that the signing of Ter Stegen is official. The club has also confirmed that Pinto will leave the club this summer, Eusebio Sacristan will continue at Barça B for another season and that Jordi Roura will take over from Guillermo Amor as organizer of the youth football.
I have always been a massive Luis Enrique fan so I am delighted to see him return to the club. There is no guarantee of success but I believe he possesses the character and motivational skills that we have been missing this year and if he can instil his never-say-die spirit into the team then we can only go forward. He is sure to improve the physical preparation of the team which has also been questioned this season, and after eight seasons as a player here and three successful seasons as coach with Barça B he also has the advantage of knowing the club and the press well. With the expected big changes in the first-team squad to come it will be a complicated job to create a successful team and we may need patience. The fact that the board haven’t called elections means the club is not in the most stable position which may also make things difficult next season. However, I believe we have chosen the best man available for the job and wish him the best of luck. Welcome home Lucho!