After an all-night time emergency assembly withinside the wake of Barcelona’s 3-zero defeat to Benfica, it changed into determined that Ronald Koeman might in truth live on as head educate for the weekend recreation with Atletico Madrid.
Some players, particularly Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets, have gamely sponsored their beleaguered supervisor amid the rotten results, however absolutely Koeman is on borrowed time now and it’s miles a case of whilst as opposed to if he’s sacked.
Who replaces the Dutchman, who sold out his very own settlement with the Netherlands country wide crew to take over his dream task simply final 12 months, is now the query.
Once arguably the plummest of plum jobs in all of membership football, the identify of Barcelona supervisor is one the various recreation’s shrewder operators would not contact with a barge pole withinside the cutting-edge circumstances. Less ‘mes que un membership, greater ‘what a mess’….
Nevertheless there aren’t anyt any scarcity of applicants withinside the press. Here are ten of the meant frontrunners ranked via way of means of probability of succeeding Koeman.
10. Jurgen Klopp
Supposedly on a 5-guy shortlist, in step with El Nacional, Klopp’s Liverpool deal does now no longer expire till 2024 and might now no longer be reasonably-priced to shop for out.
Money is famously a chunk of an problem at Camp Nou proper now, even as it appears approximately as possibly as Steve Bruce matching his FIFA 22 tempo that Klopp might ditch pinnacle of the desk Liverpool in which he has come to be a God-like parent for the chaos of Barcelona.
9. Antonio Conte
Like Klopp, Conte is precisely the calibre of supervisor FC Barcelona must be capable of attract, however matters are not what they were…
Conte can be with out a membership proper now however it nonetheless appears implausible that he might need to tackle a task as difficult as Barça, having already grew to become down Spurs, who – for all their faults – are not in €1bn of debt.
8. Marcelo Gallardo
The 45-12 months-antique Argentine has been highly a success in South America, prevailing Copas Libertadores with River Plate and has been a call withinside the body for a pinnacle European task for a few time.
While ‘El Muñeco’ – the Doll – has a settlement with River that expires on the quit of the calendar 12 months, reviews declare he intends to honour it and has already grew to become down Barça’s advances.
Whether Barcelona might wait and strive once more withinside the new 12 months must he fail to agree an extension is a distinctive matter.
7. Domenec Torrent
In case you do not know, Domenec Torrent changed into one in every of Pep Guardiola’s leader lieutenants at Barcelona withinside the glory years and accompanied him to Bayern Munich and to Manchester City, earlier than turning into a supervisor in his very own proper in 2018.
Noted as a grasp of approaches withinside the Pep years, Torrent has struggled greater because the pinnacle dog. He had an inexpensive spell at New York City FC as head educate however left after a unmarried season, even as he changed into sacked from Flamengo in 2020, after simply 26 video games in price.
6. Sergi Barjuan
Promoting the B crew boss has reaped big rewards for Barcelona historically and if Barça loves one thing, it is clinging to traditions which have served them nicely withinside the beyond.
Promoting Sergi, who simplest took over the B crew gig in June, looks as if a step too some distance aleven though, but value powerful it’d be.
The former left returned does have Barça DNA aleven though – something this is nonetheless worth – and made near four hundred appearances for the membership withinside the 90s and 00s, in addition to training at diverse young people levels.
5. Erik ten Hag
Like Gallardo, Ten Hag is one of the most up to date training names out of doors of the large 5 European leagues, having presided over a length of home dominance with Ajax, who he additionally took to inside a Lucas Moura hat-trick of the Champions League final.
His Ajax hyperlinks are an introduced bonus for the Barça rumours, naturally, however it appears he has additionally dominated himself out of the race – aleven though much less convincingly than a few others.
4. Giovanni van Bronckhorst
A Dutch ex-Barcelona big name who has moved into training? That’s containers ticked.
However, even as Van Bronckhorst discovered early fulfillment at Feyenoord, prevailing the Eredivisie in 2017, his managerial profession has stalled and he has been out of labor on account that December 2020 whilst he resigned from Guangzhou R&F.
Despite his lack of latest extraordinary profession achievements, 90min is aware the previous left returned is a call beneathneath consideration.
3. Andrea Pirlo
Former Juve and Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo oozes cool, however possibly now no longer managerial stability.
His one season as a head educate to this point coincided with Juventus being dethroned as Serie A champions for the primary time in approximately a millennium.
While he ought to simplest manipulate a fourth-located end with Juve, Pirlo’s inventory as an up-and-coming supervisor stays quite excessive and he can remember Joan Laporta as an admirer – possibly due to the fact he has formerly noted Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona as an inspiration.
2. Roberto Martinez
The guy in price of the primary ranked FIFA men’s crew must be out of the query for a aspect in as a whole lot disarray as Barcelona however perhaps now no longer.
There is a sense that Martinez’s Belgium are beyond their peak, even as the 48-12 months-antique Catalan local is tight with Jordi Cruyff (son of Johan and now unique consultant to Laporta).
The guy who took Wigan to FA Cup glory has given an unconvincing committal to his country wide crew responsibilities as hypothesis bubbles.
“There has been no touch with Barcelona. I need to fulfil my settlement, however many stuff might also additionally rise up alongside the way,” he informed Belgian media.
If appointed, Martinez might hold the weird sample of ex-Everton managers turning up at Camp Nou and supply wish to a destiny Sam Allardyce-helmed Barça
1. Xavi Hernandez
The inevitable Barcelona supervisor.
Xavi Hernandez will educate Barcelona one day, however whilst?
Currently the pinnacle educate at Qatari aspect Al Sadd, his settlement supposedly has a unique ‘Barcelona clause’ which permits him to stroll free of charge must the bat sign cross up.
90min is aware that some of human beings linked to Barça are actively trying to persuade Xavi to ‘come home’. However, president Laporta might also additionally nonetheless want a bit convincing, given how near Xavi apparently changed into to his rival candidate Victor Font at this 12 months’s elections.
If that hurdle may be overcome, it looks as if the time for Xavi is now, until he makes a decision to attend out the mess for a greater strong time to begin his European training profession…