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Former Barcelona coach is on his way to Australia?

Former Barcelona coach is on his way to Australia?

Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is reported to consider Australian A-League as a choice for the next step in his career.

When being asked about his next move after ending his spell in Barcelona, Valverde did not seem to have much interest in suggestions like the Premier League. Instead, the 56-year-old manager showed his bias to the East, Australian A-League to be specific.

The experienced coach does not limit his choices and he likes to work in a variety of environments. He also considered Japan as a possible destination with the successful examples of Andres Iniesta, Lukas Podolski, who managed to adapt well and flourish in the new country.

Valverde has led many high-profile clubs in his coaching career, such as Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Olympiacos and the famous Barcelona.

An Asian club next on the list is maybe not such a bad thing, given that Asia has been a charismatic venue for managers. The likes of the FIFA World Cup 2006 champion Marcello Lippi and the renowned Guus Hiddink all spent time working for Asian clubs or national teams.

Asia can also be a good place to start for young coaches like former Barcelona player, now the head coach of Qatari side Al Sadd, Xavi and former member of Marcello Lippi’s FIFA World Cup 2006 championship squad, currently the manager of Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, Fabio Cannavaro.

The move to Asia ought to be a good way to refresh Ernesto Valverde’s career after a not so successful period in Barcelona.