Less than 24 hours after he was sacked by Spanish giants FC Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde has released a statement following the club's decision to replace him.
After two and a half years as first-team manager of the Blaugrana, the 55-year-old was replaced in the early hours of Tuesday morning by former Real Betis boss Quique Setien.
Following a string of poor results, including a Spanish Super Cup semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid, Valverde was relieved of his duties, and he has since penned an emotional letter to the club, its supporters and players.
"Dear Barca fans," he wrote, according to Barcelona's official website.
"My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end. 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."
Valverde won four trophies during his time as manager of Barcelona, including two consecutive LaLiga titles.
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