Koeman sacked by Barcelona: Gallardo, Ten Hag and Xavi amongst Camp Nou candidates

Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona following a poor begin to the membership’s first season with out Lionel Messi in 17 years. 

Monetary difficulties noticed the six-time Ballon d’Or winner go away for Paris Saint-Germain and, in his absence, Koeman’s facet have struggled. 

The Dutchman changed Quique Setien at Camp Nou in August 2020 and led Barca to Copa del Rey success in his first season, though they completed third in LaLiga and suffered a Champions League last-16 exit, in addition to shedding the Supercopa de Espana ultimate to Athletic Bilbao. 

A shock 1-0 loss at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday was the ultimate straw and with the membership in turmoil, it’s crucial that Koeman’s successor is chosen with nice care. Stats Carry out takes a have a look at the main contenders who’ve been linked with the place. 


With Koeman dismissed, Barcelona might flip to a different membership legend in Xavi, hoping the La Masia graduate can succeed the place his predecessor failed with an unbalanced squad of ageing regulars and younger expertise. The previous Spain worldwide has presided over Qatari facet Al Sadd since his retirement in 2019, main them to a league title and 6 home cups.

Turning to a younger coach who doesn’t have any expertise in Europe amid a time of upheaval may very well be seen as an enormous threat, nevertheless. Plus, will Xavi see this as the precise time to return? The chance to handle Barca is prone to come round once more at some stage.

Andrea Pirlo

One other candidate who loved a glittering profession as a central midfielder in his taking part in days, Pirlo changed Maurizio Sarri at Juventus in August 2020 and gained the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana, however was sacked on the finish of his debut season following a fourth-placed Serie A end and one other disappointing European exit, this time towards Porto.

Whereas Pirlo has expertise of teaching in a top-five league, his stint in Turin hardly demonstrated the Italian has the credentials at this stage of his profession to rescue an ailing Barcelona facet.

Roberto Martinez

Martinez has a higher teaching pedigree, though the very best stage he has managed at has come on the worldwide stage with Belgium — a job he nonetheless holds. The 48-year-old guided the Crimson Devils to a third-place end on the 2018 World Cup and took them to primary within the FIFA world rankings, although a significant trophy continues to elude them.

At membership stage, nevertheless, he has managed Everton and Wigan Athletic within the Premier League, successful the FA Cup but additionally struggling relegation with the latter, and likewise Swansea Metropolis beneath the highest tier — fairly totally different jobs to the one which faces the newcomer at Barcelona.

Erik ten Hag

Might Barca flip to a different Dutchman to attempt to flip their on-field fortunes round? Ten Hag has constructed his popularity at Ajax, having beforehand labored at Utrecht and Go Forward Eagles, in addition to a stint with Bayern Munich’s second string. He has twice gained the Eredivisie title, whereas he appeared set to succeed in the Champions League ultimate in 2019, just for Tottenham to supply a shocking comeback in Amsterdam.

Barcelona, who know what it’s prefer to be on the fallacious finish of a second-leg turnaround in Europe, have well-documented monetary issues in the intervening time, doubtlessly elevating a difficulty in the event that they wish to attempt to lure away a coach below contract elsewhere.

Antonio Conte

Conte is out of labor, no less than that means Barca wouldn’t need to pay any compensation to nominate him. Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply the Italian comes cheaply, contemplating he has a vastly spectacular resume. The previous Juve boss made a fast affect at his earlier two jobs, having returned to membership duties after a spell accountable for the Azzurri.

He gained the Premier League title in his first season at Chelsea, throughout which they produced a formidable 13-game successful streak, then ended Inter’s Scudetto wait final time period, main the Nerazzurri to a primary championship since 2010. His San Siro departure amid Inter’s monetary cutbacks does increase questions over whether or not he would wish to go wherever close to Camp Nou proper now, notably with Manchester United additionally reportedly .

Marcelo Gallardo

A reputation strongly linked with the put up, Gallardo began out his teaching profession with Nacional in Uruguay. Nonetheless, he has been accountable for River Plate — a membership he had three stints at throughout his taking part in profession — since 2014, successful the Copa Libertadores twice amongst a formidable record of honours at Los Millonarios.

The final Argentinian coach to take the highest job at Barca didn’t final too lengthy: Gerardo Martino had only one season on the helm. Gallardo must reduce quick his River journey to take action, a transfer he prompt was unlikely after revealing he plans to see out a contract that runs till the top of 2021.

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