Barcelona appoint Luis Enrique
Barcelona have appointed club legend Luis Enrique as their new manager following a turbulent 12 months for the club. He replaces Gerardo Martino who left the club halwat through his two year deal.
The 44-year-old former Barca player, who managed the club's B team between 2008 and 2011, left his role as Celta Vigo boss last week.
He replaces Gerardo Martino, who left after Barca finished second to Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta recommended Enrique, who has also managed Roma, to replace the Argentine.
Martino, who succeeded the late Tito Vilanova last summer, ended his two-year deal by mutual consent earlier this week after Barca failed to win the Spanish title for only the second time in six years. They drew with champions Atletico Madrid on the final day when a win would have given them the title.
A versatile midfielder and attacker, Enrique made 300 appearances for Barca between 1996 and 2004, including a two-year spell as captain. After joining the Catalans from rivals Real Madrid on a free transfer, the Spaniard won two La Liga titles, two Spanish cups and the Uefa Cup. His return to Barca as first-team boss sees him follow in the footsteps of Guardiola, the only other man to be the club's captain, B team coach and first-team manager.
Enrique's arrival had been widely expected because of his strong links with the club, although he said he did not know who he would be managing next season after leaving Celta, who finished ninth in La Liga.