Barcelona’s boss Ernesto Valverde is not in a good position right now following the disastrous elimination from Champions League against Liverpool in the semis, as well as the painful loss suffered against Valencia last weekend in the Copa del Rey final. For several weeks now there have been rumors surrounding the former Athletic Club manager and his possible departure from Catalonia.
These rumors have increased in the last few hours and there are already reports indicating Barcelona have a list of possible new managers. At top of the list sits a manager with experience in the Premier League who currently manages one of the most exciting national squads in football.
Former Everton boss Roberto Martinez appears as the front-runner to take over the Blaugrana this summer and everything looks almost done in the eyes of some people. Journalist Jota Jordi, speaking on ‘El Chiringuito’, cited by SPORT, told the Barça board made a decision regarding Valverde’s future after the disappointing Copa del Rey defeat to Valencia. He also said Martinez – assisted by Thierry Henry – is apparently set to take over.
RAC1 added that Barça prefer a coach who is ‘tougher’ in training, more audacious with his tactics and the way he replaces players, as well as someone who plays a more ‘attacking’ style of football.
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In addition, Mundo Deportivo also claims that even though Valverde won’t be dismissed this week, Barcelona have more than one candidate to take the reins of the team. Alongside Martinez, former Barça star and also former Premier League manager Ronald Koeman is one of the candidates to take the job. Arsenal’s helmsman Unai Emery is also reportedly in consideration for the position after taking the Gunners to the Europa League final and all the things he achieved during his days with Sevilla.
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and former Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc have also being named to the list, so either if Valverde decides to step down or the club sacks him, they won’t miss candidates for the managerial position. Even former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri stated that if a big club like Barcelona offered him a job, he would instantly take it.