Barcelona’s draw with Levante has left Ronald Koeman in a difficult position. His future is in doubt for next season, even though he’s got a year left on his contract. Here we look at the coaches that Barcelona might move for to replace him.
Sooner or later he will be Barca coach. However Joan Laporta said in his election campaign that he sees him more as a Barca B coach to keep forming before taking the jump to Barca’s first team. Xavi has a contract with Al-Sadd in Qatar at present.
His name has sounded out in recent days. He has experience with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, Ecuador and Shenzen. Laporta has a good relationship with the Cruyff family and it would be a big personal bet.
More of a contrast. He has a contract until 2024 but his season with Liverpool has not been good. If the club and coach think that the moment has come to part ways, Barca could take advantage. Some of the dressing room believe he’s a good choice, one of the best in the world and one of the few who could manage a side of Barca’s size.
Laporta likes to surprise. He did so with Guardiola. He played and won. Now he could repeat it with another player. Gabi Militao, with a Barcelona past, and currently coaching Argentinos Juniors.
Like Militao, he’s an ex-player with charisma. The Frenchman is currently without a team after leaving Belgium, where he was Roberto Martinez’s assistant, and later coached at AS Monaco and Montreal Impact.
The Barca B coach sees himself prepared for the first team job and is waiting for a chance. He’s having a good season with the B team.
His name has been linked for a few years. The River Plate coach is considered one of the more innovative in world football. After Nagelsmann moved off the table, Gallardo could be an option.
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