Barcelona streamrolled Sporting Gijon 6-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night in the Spanish La Liga after which manage Luis Enrique confirmed he will be leaving his post at the end of the season to rest.
Enrique took over in 2014 following Tito Vilanova’s death and looked on his way out at the halfway point of that first season, having got on the wrong side of Messi.
However, the 46-year-old Spaniard turned things around and ended up winning the treble. He finished the second season having won as many trophies in his first two campaigns as Pep Guardiola.
Enrique won 125 of the 164 matches he managed in three years at the Catalan outfit and boasts a winning percentage of 76.2%, with eight trophies to his name including the Champions League which he won in 2015.
“I will finish this press conference in a different way; I want to announce I will not be continuing as Barcelona coach,” Enrique said.
“I want to thank the club for all the faith they have shown in me. These have been three unforgettable years.
“You don’t get a lot of rest in this job and I need to rest.
“Hopefully we have three very exciting months left and if the stars align we can come back in the Champions League, and if not we still have the league and the cup.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona have lined up former Barcelona defender and current Everton boss Ronaldo Koeman as Enrique’s possible successor this summer. Other potential managerial candidates are Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli as well as Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde.
Barcelona will return to action on Saturday in La Liga when they host Celta Vigo as they look to close the gap on league leaders and rivals Real Madrid before facing an uphill task of overturning their 4-0 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg.