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5 candidates to replace Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

5 candidates to replace Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde
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That pressure of anything other than La Liga success and a pretty good go at adding the Champions League trophy too is probably a good reason why managers at the Nou Camp never seem to last too long in the role, with current boss Ernesto Valverde the club’s 11th manager since 2000.

And according to the man himself, he might not be there for much longer.

“I do not know what I will do next season,” he said recently. “In this football, who knows? We all know how things are. I never think long or long term.

“For us, two months is a very long term. If you win a game, everyone is happy and if you lose, everyone is watching you.

“If you do not win the League, everyone looks at the coach because it is marked like that. I try to meet the objectives and, of course, how much we have left, so let’s see it.”

So if Valverde is to leave, just who will be the next man in through the revolving Nou Camp doors?

Here’s a look at five potential candidates who will be the next man in through the revolving Nou Camp doors if Valverde is to leave.

Xavi

Xavi

The midfielder is the bookies’ favourite for the job having in the past stated his desire to take it, and he’s presently earning his coaching badges while he continues to play in Qatar.

Has no managerial experience, but would be a firm favourite with the fans.

Phillip Cocu

Phillip Cocu

Another ex-Barcelona midfielder, Cocu is out of work at this time after leaving Turkish giants Fenerbahce in October last year.

Prior to that, he’d won three Eredivisie titles with PSV Eindhoven.

Thierry Henry

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Yet another former Barcelona player, Henry is learning on the job the hard way as he tries to save a young Monaco side from relegation to Ligue 2.

Whatever the case he could well end up exhausted by the experience, and would doubtless find the chance to manager Barca much less stressful.

Marcelino

Marcelino

The 53-year-old has taken jobs with a plethora of Spanish football’s middle-ranking teams but has been impressive coach of Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia in the past decade.

The time may perhaps come for him to make the step up to the Nou Camp.

Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc

The former France defender played for Barcelona for a season in the 1990s, and Blanc is now an experienced coach on the European scene.

He may not be seen as a long-term appointment but would undoubtedly be interested in the job.

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