Barcelona announced Ernesto Valverde’s appointment as their new manager on Monday with a two-year contract expected for the 53-year-old.
Not widely known in England, Valverde is set to take over perhaps the biggest job in world football.
Sportmail asks why he has got the job and what’s first-up in his in-tray as he attempts to put Barcelona back above Real Madrid in Spain.
And that fact that he’s an ex-player puts him on-side with the fans?
Well he’s not a legend in the same way as Guardiola, Luis Enrique or Ronald Koeman.
Valverde played for Barcelona for two years from 1998 until 2000. A striker described as intelligent, creative and astute, he scored eight goals and was part of the team that won the Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Cup, before signing for Bilbao where he spent six years.
He will at least not need to be told how things are done at the club. And there is a feeling that while he might not have a glittering managerial CV he has over-achieved at Athletic Bilbao and free from the shackles of not being able to sign outside the region he will deliver.