It’s been three days since Barcelona’s Champions League hiding towards Bayern Munich however we’re nonetheless in a state of shock it occurred.
The five-time winners have been pulverised by the German champions, dropping 8-2 in Lisbon.
Huge modifications are clearly wanted on the membership that have been as soon as feared by each aspect on the continent.
The gamers should take some blame for letting the scoreline get so huge however the buck finally stops with supervisor Quique Setien.
He was solely appointed in January however Setien’s place appears to be like untenable and it’s understood he’ll be relieved of his duties earlier than too lengthy.
Barca could also be a shadow of the aspect they have been underneath Pep Guardiola however there’ll all the time be an enchantment to take the highest job on the Camp Nou.
A variety of huge names have been linked with the place, together with Marcelo Bielsa, who guided Leeds to Premier League promotion, and is among the most revered names in administration.
Membership legend Xavi has additionally been linked as have the likes of Ronald Koeman and Thierry Henry.
Even former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino can also be within the operating, regardless of his claims in 2018 that he’d by no means handle Barcelona as a result of his ties with their native rivals Espanyol.
talkSPORT.com takes a take a look at the chances on who will turn out to be Barcelona’s subsequent everlasting boss.
Subsequent Barcelona supervisor contenders
*Odds courtesy of Sky Wager
1. Ronald Koeman (1/2)
2. Mauricio Pochettino (5/1)
3. Javier Garcia Pimienta (7/1)
4. Xavi (8/1)
5. Pep Guardiola (10/1)
6. Marcelo Bielsa (25/1)
7= Arsene Wenger (33/1)
7= Laurent Blanc (33/1)
7= Massimiliano Allegri (33/1)
7= Nuno Espirito Santo (33/1)
7= Patrick Kluivert (33/1)
7= Thierry Henry (33/1)
So Koeman is the heavy favorite to get it and appointing the Dutchman would make sense. He’s acquired loads of expertise and achieved nice issues with Barca as a participant, serving to the membership to their first European Cup triumph in 1992.
Shortly behind him is Pochettino, who dominated himself out when answerable for Spurs.
However in 2020 he went again on his phrase, saying: “Maybe now trying again I wouldn’t have mentioned that as a result of in life you by no means know what is going to occur.”
Chances are you’ll not have heard of the third favorite nevertheless it’s an appointment that might match the Barca Method. Javier Garcia Pimienta is at present answerable for the Barcelona B aspect, nevertheless, the one concern is whether or not he’d be capable of do a turnaround job of this magnitude.
Simply behind him is membership legend Xavi, who’s at present answerable for Qatari aspect Al Sadd. The Spaniard will certainly handle Barcelona in some unspecified time in the future however he in all probability wasn’t anticipating a possibility to return so quickly.
Appointing Xavi may additionally persuade Lionel Messi, who cuts a determine fed up with what’s occurring on the membership, to remain.
If Xavi can’t try this, fifth favorite Guardiola definitely may. The legendary supervisor hasn’t had a fantastic 2019/20 marketing campaign and solely has one 12 months left on his Manchester City contract, however he’d be accepted with open arms having achieved unimaginable success as supervisor, successful 14 trophies in 4 years on the membership.
If Guardiola didn’t get it, his first suggestion would in all probability be Bielsa. The Argentine has a popularity for his meticulous preparation and wouldn’t be afraid to make the powerful selections that must be made for Barcelona to get out of their rut.
Outdoors contenders embody former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and his former participant Henry, who performed for Barca after the Gunners.
In the meantime, Massimiliano Allegri and even Wolves supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo are 33/1 odds on to get the job.
It’s going to be an enormous summer season for the Catalans and so they can’t afford to get their subsequent managerial appointment unsuitable.