Barcelona’s 3 new manager candidates after Ronald Koeman receives vote of confidence

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Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona future looks precarious after his president Joan Laporta publicly backed him – something that doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Dutchman.

Presidents backing managers in public typically ends in sackings not too far down the line, and with Barcelona’s financial crisis it might spell the end for him.

And with Koeman needing to fill criteria such as winning major honours, bringing through young players and introducing their former tiki-taka style of play, it remains to be seen if he can meet those before getting the boot.

Laporta was in a press conference detailing the signing of Luuk de Jong when he was asked about Koeman’s future, although history tells us he won’t be in a job long.

“Everyone has a way of dealing with each other, I deal with everyone in a direct and clear way,” Laporta said.

“He has my full support. And my respect. If I have gone too far, it’s because I like to talk about football. I am a football fan and I can comment on some aspects.

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“And here Ronald knows that he has my support, and if I have gone too far I will try to control myself without abandoning my idea of how Barcelona should play.

Express Sport looks at three potential candidates for the job.

Xavi

Koeman followed the tradition of former stars being appointed at Barcelona – although his record at Everton suggests he wasn’t a strong candidate.

Xavi is one of the most successful players in the history for the Blaugrana, winning eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey’s and four Champions Leagues in his time at the Camp Nou.

And having won the Qatar Stars League this season, Xavi could make the switch to Barcelona to continue Pep Guardiola’s.

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Erik Ten Hag

Ajax boss Ten Hag is constantly linked with moves away from the Amsterdam-club after winning various accolades with the Eredivisie champions.

Their superb run in the 2018/19 Champions League brought the attentions of their star players to big clubs across Europe like Matthijs de Liga, Frenkie de Jong and Hakim Ziyech.

And that style of attacking football he possesses could be a success in the famous red and blue.

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Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez has been included as a low-odds selection for the Barcelona job, and it might not be as far fetched as first thought.

His attacking-style used with Belgium could be successfully implemented at the Camp Nou; a style English fans may remember when he guided Everton to a fifth-placed finish.

And with the manager hailing from Catalonia, it could be a welcome home for the Balaguer-born boss.

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