Luis Enrique Appointed As Barcelona Boss
Barcelona has appointed Luis Enrique as the club's new manager just days after losing out on the La Liga title. Enrique, who has resigned from his role at Celta Vigo following a successful season in charge, returns to the club where he starred as a player between 1996 and 2004.
The 44-year-old has signed a two-year deal and replaces Tata Martino, who left the club after just one season at the helm. In a statement, the club confirmed that Enrique was appointed following an endorsement from sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta.
Barcelona endured a disappointing season, failing to retain its league title and crashing out of the Champions League following a defeat by Atletico Madrid.
Atletico also pipped Barca to the league title by securing a final day draw at Camp Nou on Saturday. Martino's side was also beaten by arch-rival Real Madrid in last month's Copa del Rey final.
His departure, which came following Saturday's draw, raised few eyebrows following a reign perpetuated by rumors of unrest within the camp.
The attention will now turn to Enrique, who guided Celta to an impressive ninth place finish in La Liga.
Enrique, who arrived at the club for the first time as a player in 18 years ago following a move from Real Madrid, became a huge favorite with the club's supporters.