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Bartomeu to announce Valverde won’t leave - report

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The embattled coach will retain his job

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FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu will give manager Ernesto Valverde a vote of confidence tonight, according to Cadena SER. The president will announce that the coach will remain in place come next season, with radio show El Larguero promising to give more information at 11:30 p.m. Spain time.

Diario SPORT reports that several board members wanted Valverde’s head, but Bartomeu has overruled them, and in the end, he has final say.

The dressing room is also rumored to be on Valverde’s side. Meanwhile, the coach has been firm in that he will have to be fired, as he will not resign.

All these signs point to Valverde entering his third season in charge of Barça.