Barcelona hires Luis Enrique as its new coach

Former Celta's coach Luis Enrique leaving the pitch at the end of the Spanish league football match RC Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid. (AFP)

Barcelona has hired Luis Enrique as its new coach, succeeding Gerardo Martino who stepped down on Saturday after the club failed to defend its Spanish league title.

Barcelona said on its website Monday that Enrique has agreed to a two-year deal. Enrique is a former Barcelona player and had been widely expected to be appointed as the club's new coach after stepping down from his position at Celta Vigo.

Barcelona is coming off a disappointing season where it failed to win a major trophy for the first time in six years.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43