Enrique ‘relieved’ to be leaving Barca

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP): Freed from fretting about the future, Luis Enrique wants to put a happy ending to his three years in charge at Barcelona. The coach said yesterday he was “relieved” to be stepping down after the season, two days after he made the surprising announcement. “In a certain sense I am relieved, and clearly focused on the end of the season and the goals that we have,” Luis Enrique said. “I am only obsessed with my final three months here, with enjoying them, giving my players the best solutions I can, and winning titles.” Luis Enrique insisted that his decision to leave the club was purely personal and denied any tensions within the club or his players. “I need to disconnect,” he said. “I see other coaches who enjoy their profession for years, but that is not my case. It is a personal and private decision. “I have an ideal relationship with the team. I think that as time has gone by my relationship with my players has improved.” Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said that while surprised by his manager’s choice, he understood. “The job of a manager is a difficult one,” Suarez said. “It requires many hours of work, and he needs to spend time with his family.” Luis Enrique announced his decision on Wednesday following a 6-1 victory over Sporting Gijon. That, combined with Real Madrid’s 3-3 draw with Las Palmas, left the defending champions in first place in the Spanish league. Increasing pressure But Luis Enrique has been under increasing pressure because of several subpar performances that culminated in a shocking 4-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago in the Champions League. His decision to not stay on for a fourth campaign comes a week before Barcelona hosts PSG needing a huge result to avoid their earliest elimination from the European Cup in a decade. First, though, Barcelona host Celta Vigo, which Luis Enrique coached before moving to Camp Nou today. Celta were the last Spanish league team to beat Barcelona, dealing them a 4-3 defeat in October. Hired after a trophy-less season under Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique quickly restored the Catalan club to their winning ways with a success rate on par with Pep Guardiola by winning eight of a possible 10 titles. While in the thick of the Spanish league title chase, Luis Enrique will also have the chance to win more silverware in May when Barcelona play the Alaves in the Copa del Rey final. The former Barcelona midfielder said he wasn’t worried about his approaching departure causing a distraction. “We are all concentrated and focused on the same things as always, winning titles,” he said. “We have to be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to us.”last_img read more


first_imgThe following are the results of The Letterkenny Shotokan Karate Club Competition that took place in the Aura Leisure Centre at the weekendA number of students from beginners to brown/black belt took part in the Individual Kata, Kumite and Team Kata Competitions.Awards were given two students for Overall Best Spirit. Male award went to Abin Jujo and female award went to Alanna Patterson. An award also went to the team Kihon Pineapples for the Best Team Name. Individual Kata ResultsWhite Belts1st Place – Abin Jujo, 2nd Place – Nevin Laivu.Orange Belts1st Place – Eimear Mc Dermott, 2nd Place – Adam Savva.Red Belts1st Place – Hannah Patterson, 2nd Place – Emma Doherty, Joint 3rd – Katie Patterson and Zoe Lynch.Yellow Belts1st Place – Athiara Prasanth, 2nd Place – Allana Patterson, Joint 3rd – Oisin Friel and Oisin Quinn.Green to Purple Belts1st Place – Jamie Marshall, 2nd Place – Aaron Callan , Joint 3rd Place – Ronan Padmore and Cormack Quinn.Brown to Brown/Black Belts1st Place – Niall Quinn, 2nd Place – Harry Goode , Joint 3rd Place – Michael Dillon and Shaun DevenneyKumiteBeginners1st Place – Abin Jujo, 2nd Place – Nevin Laivu.Intermediate Girls1st Place – Athiara Prasanth, 2nd Place – Emma Doherty, 3rd Place – Allana Patterson.Intermediate Boys1st Place – Oisin Friel, 2nd Place – Ronan Padmore.Senior Boys1st Place – Harry Goode, 2nd Place – Michael Dillon, Joint 3rd – Niall Quinn and Daniel Padmore.Team Kata1st Place – Awesome Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies2nd Place – Banana’s in Pyjamas3rd Place – Sandie Wandies and Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies DONEGAL’S KARATE KIDS SHOW THEIR STUFF AT AURA was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitiondonegalKarateletterkennylast_img read more