Barça Talk Delay Final Episode for New Manager Announcement

FC Barcelona will play the Copa del Rey final this Saturday against Alavés, and the club will announce the successor to Luis Enrique at the reins of the first team on Monday. Enrique announced he would not renew his contract after this season in March, and since then a plethora of names have been thrown about as his possible successors. In recent weeks, Ernesto Valverde has risen to the top of the list as most likely to succeed Lucho.

Valverde has officially announced that he will not be returning to manage Athletic Bilbao next year. In his news conference, Valverde said, “Right now I have no commitment to any team even though there are teams that have been interested in me.”

While it remains unofficial on both Valverde’s and the club’s side, it seems likely that Valverde will be going to FC Barcelona soon. The announcement will be made on Monday, after Enrique’s has completed his official duties. As a result, Barça Talk will await the announcement and postpone its normal schedule by one day to include the news on the next episode, the last episode of the season.

Also on the next episode

Ex-chief Sandro Rosell Arrested, Held Without Bail

Supreme Court Upholds 21-Month Sentence for Lionel Messi

Aleix Vidal Back In Training Sooner Than Expected

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Coming up on Barça Talk, 15 May 2017

On Episode 13 of Barça Talk (15 May 2017), we’ll see if the race for the trophy in La Liga has remained the hotly contested battle between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona ever since the Blaugrana won at the Bernabeu. We also welcome our second guest: Matt Williams is getting his doctorate in music, like me, but he’s played a lot of soccer. At an impressive 6’4″ he spent most of his soccer career between the posts, and when he was young he fell victim to the marketing of Real Madrid in the Galacticos era. Without pushing too hard, I try to make a case for why he should be a fan of FC Barcelona instead. He’s open to it, and I convince him to let the men on the pitch convert him.

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Our other stories

  • Luis Enrique’s replacement will be named after the end of the season, but barcablaugranes.com is confident that the selection has already been made and they know who it is.
  • Xavi Llorens to quit managing FCB femení after 11 seasons.
  • FC Barcelona have announced plans to add a team to the National Women’s Soccer League, the women’s professional league in the USA.
  • Match Review: Las Palmas
  • Match Preview: Eibar

Coming Up On Episode 2 (2.27.17)

Look for Barca Talk on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, Libsyn, or you can listen right here on the site.

I started this show and released Episode 1 (2.20.17) with the title Barça USA. After some careful thought on the matter, I’ve changed it to Barça Talk. The purpose of the show is to bring Barça fans together, and the old name felt like it was shutting out a lot of fans. So, from now on the show is called simply Barça Talk.

In The Next Episode

If All Goes Well—Leo Messi is one win away from 400 wins with Barça. We’re hoping, and planning, on celebrating his 400th win on Monday’s show.

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News and Murmurs—Barça have been getting hit pretty badly in the press for the poor showing against Paris Saint-Germain FC and a narrow win against Leganés that was too close for any kind of comfort, especially against such a weak side. Naturally, rumors of Messi leaving the club, Enrique getting the boot, and every right back in Spain being considered to replace Vidal are swirling. I’ll talk about the major stories and say a few words about all the speculation.

Match Review: FCB v. Atletico Madrid—Even in their best form, the Blaugrana will have a formidable opponent at the Calderon. I’m going to leave the highlights to the networks and the YouTubers and focus on individual players and look at tactical issues in the match.

Match Preview—We look ahead to the upcoming matches against Sporting Gijon and Celta.

A Culer Is Born, Part One—I got into this a little bit in Episode 1, but I’m going to tell you how, at the age of 32, I went from being an anti-sport artist type to a committed Barça fanatic artist type. In this episode of the show, I’ll give you part one of three.

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