Top 10 candidates to be the new Barcelona manager
Pep Guardiola is stepping aside, so who will be the new man in charge of the European champions? Here are 10 potential candidates of varying degrees of likelihood.
1. Marcelo Bielsa
The Athletic Bilbao boss has caught the eye this season with his team playing very attractive football to very good effect. His easy-on-the-eye style of play would go down well at the Camp Nou and he’s got plenty of experience.
2. Eusebio Sacristan
Last time Barcelona needed a new manager they opted for a former midfielder who was in charge of Barcelona B. That worked out quite well, so if they follow that formula again they’ll end up with Sacrisan at the helm.
3. Luis Enrique
Enrique was that midfielder in charge of Barcelona B until he took up the manager’s job at Roma. Given his underwhelming efforts there, he’s probably a less likely candidate now than if he’d stuck with Barca.
4. Frank De Boer
They do love to go Dutch at the Camp Nou. Their former defender is doing well at Ajax, playing nice football and having success with it. He could be the slightly more experienced old boy to fill the gap between Guardiola and Enrique or Sacristan.
5. Arsene Wenger
The Arsenal manager has surprisingly short odds with the bookies. Barcelona is essentially the spiritual home of him infamous principles. So would he be tempted to roll the dice in the hope of adding the Champions League to his list of achievements before he hangs up the puffa coat.
6. Andre Villas Boas
We know he’s not afraid to move on the old guard and we know he want to play attractive football. His face didn’t fit at Chelsea, but his Porto achievements have not been completely forgotten. There’s more likely candidates, but you never know.
7. Louis Van Gaal
The 60-year-old Dutchman has already taken charge of Barca twice. Would they call upon him again to steady the ship? He’s out of work and available.
8. Joachim Löw
He only arrived in the ‘mainstream’ as Jurgen Klinsmann’s assistant at the 2006 World Cup, but Löw has been managing since 1994. A decent World Cup might be the signal to move to the upper echelons of club management.
9. Tito Vilanova
He’s been Guardiola’s assistant since their Barcelona B days. The new manager in waiting or a glorified Terry Connor?
10. Roberto Martinez
He’s Catalan. He loves beautiful football. He’s a deep thinker. And he’s achieved recent successes at Wigan playing about the number of defenders that Barcelona have on their books at the minute.