Read Valverde's farewell message after 'intense' spell at Barcelona ends

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ByMichael Hincks
14/01/2020 at 10:32 | Updated 14/01/2020 at 11:41

Ernesto Valverde's farewell message spoke of an "intense" two-and-a-half years at Barcelona filled without "joyful" and "difficult" moments after he was dismissed by the club and replaced by Quique Setien on Monday.

Barcelona’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup was the final straw for Valverde, who won La Liga in both his full seasons at the club.

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It is the first time Barca have sacked a head coach in the middle of a season since Louis van Gaal in 2003, and Valverde leaves with the team top of the table, albeit on goal difference from Real Madrid.

"My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end," he said in a message on the club's website.

Andres Iniesta, Ernesto Valverde

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"It has been an intense two and a half years right from the start. In that time I have enjoyed some joyful moments celebrating victories and trophies but also others that have been tough and difficult. However, above all I would like to highlight my experience with the fans and the affection showed towards me during my time as coach.

"I would like to thank the president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to coach the first team and their confidence during all this time.

Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona)

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"I would also like to thank all the people I have worked with at the club for their support and how they treated me during the two and a half seasons, especially those who work in and around the first team and with whom I have shared so many moments at the Ciutat Esportiva and during away trips.

"Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together. From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setien also.

"All the best to everyone. Visca Barca and Visca Catalonia."

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