Ernesto Valverde has written a classy letter as he gears up to depart from Barcelona.
The Spaniard was sacked on Tuesday night and immediately replaced by former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.
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“Dear Barca fans, My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end,” Valverde wrote. “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.
‘’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.”
Valverde’s last game in charge of Barcelona was last week’s Spanish Super Cup semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia.
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Setien’s reign at the Nou Camp will commence on Sunday when Barca welcome Granada.
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