FC Barcelona’s Luis Enrique confirmed on Wednesday night he will not continue as manager following the on-going season as he looks to ‘take some rest’ from professional football management.

After much speculation in recent months surrounding his Barcelona future, Luis Enrique has cleared the air, stating he will not continue as manager from next season.

The boss has been subject to intense pressure off-late for his side’s poor performance in the league as well as the Champions League, where they have a devastating 4-0 deficit to overturn against PSG.

Therefore, with two of the club’s top-priority trophies slipping away from their grasp, there were rumours that Enrique is unlikely to continue with the job.

Moreover, the 43-year-old has been subject to immense scrutiny in recent months for the tactics, or the lack of it rather, that seemingly relied heavily on the individual brilliance of the Blaugrana’s attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

But following his announcement after his side’s 6-1 demolition of Sporting Gijon, fans responded in appreciation for the Spaniard’s remarkable work for the club.

During his three year stay, Enrique has won 2 league titles, 2 Copa Del Rey trophies and one UEFA Champions League title among others.

Former colleague and FC Barcelona legend Pep Guardiola also chipped in to share his surprise over his decision and had lofty praises to sing for Enrique’s exploits at the club.

He may have had a ridiculously talented bunch of players at his disposal but he was the one that overlooked the days when his side played some of the most beautiful and eye-catching football witnessed in recent years.

That is also down to his work behind the scenes and for that reason he will be a club legend in his own right, even if many would refuse to believe it.

Of course, there will now be feverish peculation around the Barcelona camp as to who would succeed Enrique to the hot seat with the likes of Jorge Sampaoli, Ernesto Valverde, Mauricio Pochettino and Max Allegri all linked with the job.

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