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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Barça Talk: La Liga is Over | Big Club News | Copa del Rey

Barça won their final match against Eibar with an impressive comeback at the Camp Nou, but Real Madrid also finished their season strong with wins against Celtic and Malaga to claim the league championship. We look back at the Barcelona’s season in La Liga and look ahead to the Copa del Rey final against Alavés, along with some news stories concerning the club.

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

4 (3.13.17) Remuntada revisited, Deportivo review, Valencia preview

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In This Episode

  • Basking in the glory of an improbable comeback.
  • Deportivo loss
  • Liga update
  • Valencia next week

    Credits

    Additional audio for this episode was found on freesound.org 

    Whistle (link to file on freesound.org): Copyright Pablo F., used by permission of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

    All other content written and produced by Brien Henderson, Copyright © 2017 Brien Henderson.