Radomir Antic has agreed terms with FC Barcelona to stay on as coach for another season.
Still to be ratified
The club's interim president Enric Reyna and the Serbian coach announced the deal last night, although it is still subject to ratification by the winner of presidential elections due in June. Reyna took over in February after Joan Gaspart decided to stand down but announced last week that the board would resign en masse in the summer to allow for the new elections.
Confidence in coach
"Antic has done a good job up until now and we are convinced that he will continue to do so," said Reyna on the club's official website. He added that the move was a "sign of the confidence" the club had in his work.
Antic's original contract, signed while Gaspart was still in charge, was only scheduled to run until the end of the season. Despite elimination from the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals last week, Antic is hopeful of an encouraging end to the season.
Barça are 12th in the Primera División, the position they were in when Antic arrived at the end of January to replace Louis van Gaal. However, they are just two points away from sixth position, the final UEFA Cup berth. Their next game is at home against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
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