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Luis Enrique Announces Barcelona Departure

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The current Barcelona boss says he “needs to rest” and will leave in the summer

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

After Barcelona’s convincing 6-1 win against Sporting Gijón on Wednesday, Luis Enrique put an end to months of speculation and announced he will step down as Barça boss in the summer.

He told the press that he “won’t be Barcelona coach next season” and “needs to rest”. Enrique has been under enormous criticism all season for the Blaugrana's poor performances, and after two very successful campaigns, he hopes to end his third season on a high note.

Club President Josep Bartomeu said on Enrique’s departure: "We accept Luis Enrique's decision. He has been a great a coach. Now is it time to end his spell in the best possible way".

The search for a new manager will start. Ronald Koeman (Everton), Jorge Sampaoli (Sevilla) and Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) have been the names speculated the most over the last few weeks. The board is expected to announce the new manager in the near future.