Barcelona coach Luis Enrique ended speculation over his future on Wednesday by confirming he will leave the at the end of the season, blaming the huge pressure of the job for his decision.
“I will not be the coach of Barcelona next season,” Enrique said after Barca’s 6-1 thrashing in La Liga.
“It is a difficult, measured and well thought out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think.”
There are three exciting months ahead,” Enrique added. “We are in a difficult situation, especially in one competition, but with the help of everyone and if the stars align we can turn that game around. I will give my full dedication in these three months.The reason for leaving is the way in which I live this profession. It means very few hours of rest.”
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Enrique would go down as one of “Barca’s legendary coaches.”
Manchester City manager Guardiola paid tribute to Enrique:
— PepTeam (@PepTeam) March 1, 2017
You restored hope in the team when people said the team had reached its end. I’ll forever be grateful. Thank you. @LUISENRIQUE21
— Micky (@BusiFCB) March 1, 2017
— Parsva (@Parsva10) March 1, 2017