Ernesto Valverde thanks Barcelona board, wishes the club well after being sacked

Ernesto Valverde thanks Barcelona board, wishes the club well after being sacked

- Ernesto Valverde has wished Barcelona players and staff well after being sacked

- He also thanked the management for the chance given to him to be the manager

- Valverde spent two and a half years at Barcelona before he was asked to leave

Spanish football coach Ernesto Valverde has thanked Barcelona board and staff for the time given to him to work as manager before being sacked at the Nou Camp.

The 55-year-old was kicked out on Tuesday, January 14, despite the club sitting at the top of the Spanish La Liga standings.

Barcelona chiefs are said to be livid with the club's defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup semifinal which forced them to throw him out.

Valverde was however replaced with former Real Betis manager Quique Setien who will be in charge of the Catalans for the next two years.

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While talking about his experience at Barcelona, Valverde stated clearly that he is grateful to all the people he worked with while coaching Barcelona.

He thanked the players as well for the working relationship he had with them and wished them good luck in their subsequent matches.

''I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together.

''From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setien also,'' Valverde explained according to Barcelona website.

Meanwhile, Barcelona will face Granada in their next Spanish La Liga game on Sunday, January 19.

Earlier, had reported how Spanish champions Barcelona sacked manager Ernesto Valverde despite topping the La Liga standings this season after 19 games with 40 points.

In each of his two seasons as Barcelona gaffer, Ernesto Valverde won the Spanish La Liga title, but that did not prevent him from getting the axe as the club made up their plan on Sunday, January 12.

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