It’s a case with out with the old and in with the new as Barcelona appoints Luis Enrique as manager in a bid to repair the damage of a disastrous season under Gerardo Martino.
The Catalan giants are looking to their ex player to bring back some much needed stability to the club after a year bereft of trophies and lots of headaches. Luis Enrique has impressed this year at Celta Vigo, most notably for the team’s passing game, which is what is desired at Barça.
Celta Vigo managed to finish in the top half of the league table which is a great feat considering that their main priority was to avoid relegation. Barcelona know exactly what they have bought into with Luis Enrique. Like Guardiola, he was also in charge of Barcelona’s B team. His 3 year stint started in 2008 and he led the team to second division promotion where they enjoyed their highest ever position of third before standing down.
However, Luis Enrique enjoyed limited success at Italian club Roma where he failed at trying to get the Italians to play Barcelona’s particular style of short passing. He left Roma after one year with Roma finishing seventh in the Seria A League. The Italians had hoped that Luis Enrique would have the same impact as Guardiola did on Barcelona, but it was not to be.
Luis Enrique then found success with Celta Vigo and caught the eye of the Catalans once more. No doubt he will receive a hero’s welcome when he arrives at the Camp Nou.
Many people remember Luis Enrique for his fighting spirit. He played for Real Madrid and won a league title with them in 1995. A year later he was playing for Barcelona after failing to agree new contract terms. He was famous for his animosity towards his ex club and revelled in rubbing salt in Real Madrid’s wounds in their famous ‘Clasico’ matches by scoring on more than one occasion.
A rebuilding program is due to start soon and keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is just the beginning of a new era under Luis Enrique.