Barca to make coach appointment today

Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona's fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants' new boss on a two-year deal on Monday, May 29 (Tuesday Manila time).

Valverde has always been reported to be the front-runner to succeed him, and the 53-year-old joins less than a week after Athletic confirmed that he would not renew his contract.

At a press conference, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club had appointed Valverde for "many reasons".

After Ernesto Valverde was named Barcelona's coach for the next two seasons, ESPN FC looks at the five big issues the new boss needs to address to make sure his tenure is a success.

But Valverde - who has favoured a 4-2-3-1 formation - has plenty of experience giving young players a chance.

Barca used to be synonymous with youth development, supplying a steady stream of brilliant players to the first team squad from their famed La Masia academy.

During his playing days, Valverde spent two years at the Nou Camp under the influential Johan Cruyff and helped the club win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1989) and Copa del Rey (1990).

Valverde stepped down after four seasons in a second spell at Athletic Club last week and was widely expected to take over from Luis Enrique this summer.

Valverde and Herrera worked together at Athletic Bilbao for one season, before the player made his move to the Premier League following a bid of £29m in 2014. Enrique's reign began with a treble and he won the domestic double a year ago, but the team sputtered down the stretch and never really found its stride this season.

Barcelona were unable to fix the damage, Aduriz on target once more in a 1-1 return clash at Camp Nou, as Athletic and Valverde sealed a famous triumph.

"He said he is very excited and very happy, that it's a great challenge to come in as head coach of Barca".

His first official match will likely be against rival Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final in August.

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