Ernesto Valverde will be named the new Barcelona boss
Valverde is a 53-year-old Spaniard, who was capped once by the national team during his days as a player.
He lists Alaves, Sestao, Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao and Mallorca as his former clubs. Oh, and Barcelona. He spent two seasons at the club from 1988 to 1990.
As a player Valverde was part of the squad that won the European Cup Winners' Cup and the Copa del Rey. He played under Johan Cruyff, the most important figure in the club's history.
He’s not the only legend who Valverde worked with. As well as Gary Lineker, Valverde was also a team-mate of Ronald Koeman and Michael Laudrup in that Barcelona side. Pep Guardiola? He was in the youth team.
Valverde played alongside one-time Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain and the former Barca B coach Eusebio who is now doing so well at Real Sociedad too.
New Barcelona kit revealed for 2017/18 Mon, May 29, 2017
Click through the gallery for the best snaps of the new Barcelona kit
Play slideshow FC Barcelona 1 of 7
Click to reveal the best snaps of the new Barcelona kit
Following the end of his playing career in 1997, Valverde moved into management. He enjoyed a 15-year coaching career which has included spells at Espanyol, Olympiakos, Villarreal and Valencia. He was most recently at Bilbao, only to step down last week.
His record at Olympiakos was particularly impressive. He’s enjoyed two spells there – and in his second stint he managed 80 games, winning 60 with a 75 per cent win success rate. He delivered three titles in his time at the Greek giants.
Barca know Valverde well. In 2015 he guided Bilbao to a 4-0 Super Cup win over them, his one piece of silverware at the club.
Doing his time in charge of Espanyol, Valverde led his side into the UEFA Cup final. They beat Livorno, Maccabi Haifa, Benfica and Werder Bremen on their way to the final – only to lose to Sevilla.
Valverde is considered a great defensive coach. He has a reputation for tightening the backlines of whichever club he goes to.
The Spaniard is unlikely to be shy of the cameras at Barca. Why? Because away from the game, he’s a keen photographer! He lists it as one of his main hobbies.