FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is set to part ways with the Catalan club at the end of this season.
Enrique, 46, revealed his intentions to step down after the club’s 6-1 rout over Sporting Gijon in La Liga.
The former Barca player was in his third season in charge of Barca. The contract that ties him to the club will expire at the end of this season.
As Barca manager, Enrique won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey as part of the treble in his first year and led them to a domestic double last season.
However, they are on the verge of elimination from the Champions League this season after losing 4-0 to Paris St-Germain in the last-16 first leg.
“It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think,” Enrique said after the rout over Sporting. “I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s been three unforgettable years.”
“It’s about how I live with my profession, with a never-ending quest for solutions and to improve my team. That means I have very little time to rest, very few hours to disconnect.”
“I think it will be good for me at the end of the season, because I need to rest. That’s the principle motive.”
“The most important thing is we have three exciting months left in all three competitions. In one of them, we are in a difficult situation but if the stars align, we will have a chance to turn it around.”
Barca’s win over Sporting took them to the top of La Liga, one point clear of Real Madrid. They will also meet Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on 27 May.