Next Barcelona Manager Candidates

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Ronald Koeman is gone, Barcelona is languishing in ninth place in La Liga and dealing with massive amounts of debt, who can come in and right the ship?

Despite all of the issues surrounding the Catalan giants, managing one of the biggest clubs in world football remains one of the most sought after jobs in sport.

There are no shortage of candidates that could take over the massive job of rebuilding the giants as they continue the post Lionel Messi era.

After some in depth investigation we have found the list of potential managers for Barcelona.

Xavi

The most obvious candidate and unbackable favourite in our market, Xavi had a long and decorated career with Barca.

With over 500 appearances from 1998-2015 before finishing his career as a player and then manager for Al Saad, Xavi understands the nature of playing football for the Spanish powerhouse.

Of course if he can get Barcelona playing the way he has Al Saad, then it might be a great appointment.

Roberto Martinez

Maybe he will want to stick with Belgium and guide them to a major trophy, having fallen just short so far.

There may be a bit less talent with the club side than the national team however, at least until he can sign a couple of Belgians.

Andrea Pirlo

Pirlo’s managerial career might not have begun in the best fashion.

He was supposed to learn the ropes with the Juventus Under 23 side but was in the role for nine days before being promoted to the first team.

Apparently winning the Coppa Italia was not enough and he was sacked after one season in charge.

One non-negotiable aspect of any team he coaches however, is that Panenka penalties are the only form of acceptable penalties.

Erik Ten Hag

Remember when Ajax made the semi finals of the Champions League?

The mastermind of that miracle run was Erik Ten Hag and he may jump at the chance to coach in La Liga.

If he does not wind up with Barcelona, someone is going to poach him.

Admittedly the stats here are a couple of years old but the resume speaks for itself.

Antonio Conte

Conte’s hard nosed style may not mesh well with some of the big name players left at Barcelona but his career record should get them on side in the short term.

He may need a deep squad if he follows through on this sort of threat though.

But for a club that expects success, Conte is a proven winner.

Bari: won Serie B, Juventus: three Serie A titles, Chelsea: Premier League title in his first season, Inter Milan: Serie A champions.

Jose Mourinho

He’s already managed Real Madrid and has a habit of winding up his former clubs.

Sure he’s just stared a new job with Roma in Serie A but this appointment would make the El Classico’s even better.

Surely he would

And get along well with other managers in La Liga.

Luis Enrique

Barcelona has gone through plenty of managers in the decade since Pep Guardiola departed and the most successful boss since then is current national team boss Luis Enrique.

He took Barcelona to two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey’s and a handful of other trophies in his three season spell.

At the end of the 2017 campaign he left the club and took over the Spanish national team after the 2018 World Cup.

He was a pretty decent player for Barca as well.

Frank Rijkaard

Dutch legend Rijkaard guided the club through its early period of dominance this millennium winning two La Liga titles and a Champions League.

He may be bit rusty having not coached since a gig with the Saudi Arabian national team ended in January 2013.

Pep Guardiola

Actually come to think of it, why would he leave Manchester City and go back to a league he has already dominated?

Thierry Henry

As a player, there were few better than the French forward with a remarkable knack for goal.

It would be a brave move to hire a guy whose managerial career is predominantly as an assistant aside from 20 games with Monaco before being sacked and one year with the Montreal Impact of the MLS.

Arsene Wenger

He’s been out of the managerial game since leaving Arsenal but Barcelona could come calling.

As long as there’s no hostility from his lone appearance in a Champions League Final.

Anything to get him back on the touchline and not making stupid suggestions about a World Cup every two years.

Zinedine Zidane

Former Real Madrid legend, former Real Madrid manager, what could possibly go wrong going to Barcelona?

Steve Bruce

Having just been dismissed from Newcastle, Barcelona’s financial plight might actually put Bruce in a familiar position.

Sam Allardyce

It takes a big ego to manage a changeroom full of egos and Allardyce certainly has that.

After all, he is the man behind this famous quote.

“I’m not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Internazionale or Real Madrid. It wouldn’t be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the Double or the league every time.”

And some other gems as well.

Ange Postecoglou

Are we sure Barcelona is really an upgrade over Celtic in their respective states?

Alistair Clarkson

He did want to go and see the world during his year off, what better way than taking a job in the world game?

Spoiler Alert: He probably would be interested if offered.

Graham Arnold

While his first stint with the Socceroos didn’t go to plan, he’s done quite a good job since taking over again in 2018.

Perhaps he can campaign for a Barcelona spew kit next season.

Harry Kewell

He’s available… again.

Ted Lasso

He might have just taken AFC Richmond to the Premier League, but how will he go with La Liga?

First signing: Dani Rojas, the new Messi.