Funny how things change when you win a treble.
Luis Enrique was allegedly close to losing his job as Barcelona coach in December, but now will be at the Camp Nou through 2017 after agreeing to a contract extension.
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Late in 2014, Enrique was under fire as Barca boss, with reports claiming a rift between and Lionel Messi.
Five months later, he’s overseen the Blaugranas capture of the UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga titles, earning the faith of Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
From the BBC:
In a ‘state of the presidency’ speech in which he confirmed Enrique’s stay, Bartomeu also told those present that the club intended to make big signings – despite a transfer ban until 2016.
“We have set aside resources to bring in the world’s best players – those who everyone wants to sign,” he said.
World governing body Fifa imposed the ban after Barcelona breached transfer guidelines designed to protect youth players signed from abroad.
Managers, as a general rule, get too much flak for disappointing results and too much love for individual players accomplishments. In this instance, it seems Barca has given a rational extension for extraordinary results.