While it has yet to be officially confirmed, it definitely feels like the reign of Ronald Koeman as Barcelona manager is coming to an end. This has been a long time coming for the Dutchman and after a string of bad results, you’d think Barca will want to strike while the iron is hot during the international break.
The bookies have already formed an idea of who they think could come through the revolving door at the Nou Camp with these five gentlemen being at the top of the wishlist.
Odds courtesy of Betfair
Xavi – 2/1
He spent more than two decades on the books with Barca before leaving for Qatar and while the levels are obviously very different, the idea of hiring a legend like Xavi may appeal to the Barcelona faithful. Of course, we all know a move like this has an incredibly high amount of risk associated with it – mainly because it could damage both Xavi and the rebuilding process that the club is in the middle of.
Andrea Pirlo – 3/1
Andrea Pirlo just wasn’t very good as manager of Juventus and we’re not entirely sure why Barcelona think things would go all that differently in Spain. Sure, he managed to win the Coppa Italia which was a nice step in the right direction but losing control of Serie A and the title wasn’t exactly what they would’ve had in mind. He’s still young in his career so perhaps it could work, but we aren’t holding our breath.
Roberto Martinez – 6/1
Five years of being Belgium boss has earned Roberto Martinez the right to say he’s consistent, but he hasn’t quite been able to get the national team to the lofty heights many expected of this golden generation. The Red Devils haven’t been able to pick up a major piece of silverware under his tutelage but who knows, maybe a “left field” appointment could work out.
Erik ten Hag – 14/1
With two Eredivisie titles and two KNVB Cups to his name, alongside a memorable run to the semi-finals of the Champions League, we’d say Erik ten Hag is the smartest possible appointment on this list. His four years with Ajax have prepared him for a step up like this and even though it’s probably not going to happen, he should definitely be considered at the very least.
Domenec Torrent – 14/1
While his time in charge of New York City and Flamengo didn’t exactly go all too well, the experience of Domenec Torrent seems to be the main appeal of his inclusion here. He spent five years with Barcelona as an assistant manager under the guidance of Pep Guardiola and after following him to Bayern Munich and Manchester City, we’d say he’s got some value.
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