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After Barcelona sacking, Ernesto Valverde seems at ease, almost ‘free’

Ernesto Valverde wore a beard and a smile and was back where he belonged, among friends. On his last day at work at Barcelona, photographers had caught him on camera driving out of their Sant Joan Despi training ground, the club's crest reflected on the windscreen, upside down and distorted. From behind the wheel he grinned and waved, a portrait that appeared in every paper. That afternoon he got on his bike and rode, taking his mind elsewhere with him. He hadn't officially been sacked yet, but... ...

Ernesto Valverde wore a beard and a smile and was back where he belonged, among friends.
On his last day at work at Barcelona, photographers had caught him on camera driving out of their Sant Joan Despi training ground, the club's crest reflected on the windscreen, upside down and distorted. From behind the wheel he grinned and waved, a portrait that appeared in every paper. That afternoon he got on his bike and rode, taking his mind elsewhere with him. He hadn't officially been sacked yet, but…

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