Laporta line-up four managers to replace Ronald Koeman at Barcelona
Joan Laporta has four options with Ronald Koeman ‘sack plan’ made
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is under pressure in the wake of his side’s 3-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman reportedly has three games to save his job following their 3-0 Champions League battering to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. It was a chastening night for the Catalan giants, who were ruthlessly put to the sword. And it appears plans are being made in the event the Dutchman is relieved of his duties.
Laporta has since addressed the defeat but, while that’s the case, Sport have claimed he’s privately given Koeman three matches to save his job.
If the Barcelona boss loses his power at the Nou Camp, it will see the club embark on yet another managerial hunt.
So, if Koeman gets the sack, who are candidates to replace him at the club? Let’s find out.
Xavi is manager of Qatar side Al Sadd, who recently went unbeaten in their league campaign and lifted the title. In his first season in charge, Xavi won three trophies and is on track to win all six available in his second. He won the Qatar Cup and the Qatari Stars League this season. Xavi has always been regarded as a possible Pep Guardiola-type figure at Barcelona, someone who could come in and reclaim the identity that the current Manchester City manager instilled in his players while in command at the Camp Nou. For some time, Xavi has dominated Barcelona news, with many regarding him as the ideal prospect to lead the club into the next decade.
2. Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez, Belgium national team’s coach, has been mentioned as a prospective replacement for Ronald Koeman as Barcelona coach. According to ESPN, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has selected Roberto Martinez as one of several managers who could replace Ronald Koeman. Martinez is preparing to lead Belgium’s golden generation to victory at Euro 2020. Martinez, according to ESPN, is “comfortable where he is” and would prefer to stay here, but he does have a clause in his contract that allows him to leave if a large club comes knocking. The contract for the 47-year-old, who is also the technical director of the Belgian Football Association, runs through the end of 2022.
3. Erik ten Hag
Few people seem as destined for the Barcelona job as Erik ten Hag, who has taken Cruyff’s style of play and used it to create his own brand of exciting football with Ajax.
We’ve seen him overachieve in Europe and shine in the Eredivisie, and you just know Barcelona will be keen to get in on that action.
If there’s one downside, it’s that Ten Hag doesn’t speak Spanish, but there are ways around that. If Barcelona want him, they know they could get it done.
Barcelona will now take a look at four names Laporta has to consider if they’re forced into sacking Koeman in the foreseeable future.