Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his next job could take him 'off the beaten track', to Australia or Japan

'A career in football does not last forever and sometimes you think you have to take the opportunity to live in strange places', said Valverde

Reuters February 14, 2020 09:41:59 IST
Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his next job could take him 'off the beaten track', to Australia or Japan
  • Valverde, who won two La Liga titles with Barca, is enjoying a rare break in a career which has lasted 18 years and taken him to some of Spain’s top clubs

  • Valverde was making his first media appearance since being sacked by the Catalans in January and replaced by Quique Setien

  • Valverde expressed his admiration for former player Andres Iniesta’s decision to move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe when he left Barca in 2018

Madrid: Barely a month since he was sacked as Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde has begun pondering his next management job, but he fancies going somewhere off the beaten track.

Valverde, who won two La Liga titles with Barca, is enjoying a rare break in a career which has lasted 18 years and taken him to some of Spain’s top clubs such as Valencia and Athletic Bilbao as well as two stints at Greek giants Olympiakos.

Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his next job could take him off the beaten track to Australia or Japan

File image of former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde. Reuters

“People ask me sometimes ‘How about the Premier League?’ and I say ‘Well actually I’d like to go to Australia’,” the 56-year-old Valverde said at the Bilbao International Football Summit on Thursday.

“A career in football does not last forever and sometimes you think you have to take the opportunity to live in strange places.”

Making his first media appearance since being sacked by the Catalans in January and replaced by Quique Setien, Valverde expressed his admiration for former player Andres Iniesta’s decision to move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe when he left Barca in 2018.

“I applauded Andres when he told me he going to Japan. I thought ‘Wow, he gets to understand a different culture and different people’, and I am also very interested in Japan,” added Valverde, who outside of football is a keen photographer.

“You can take great photos in Japan. There are many places I’d like to go to. We’ll see what I end up doing, I haven’t been out of work for very long so I don’t have to decide anything yet, I haven’t got a very clear idea at the moment."

“It’s possible I’d go somewhere abroad. The truth is I like to do strange things so I wouldn’t rule it out.”

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