Ronald Koeman‘s future on the Barcelona bench is anything but guaranteed.
Joan Laporta will meet with the Dutchman to tell him if he’ll stay in his job beyond the summer, or whether he will need to find new work over the next few months.
Should Koeman be dismissed, there are a number of candidates potentially in line to replace him at the Camp Nou. Koeman included, each of the candidates for the job next season have their pros and cons.
The current boss did a reasonably good job in 2020/21 and nobody could have predicted in September, October or November that Barcelona would be in the title race until a couple of matchdays from the end of the season. They did also win the Copa del Rey.
The ex-midfielder’s shadow has been hovering over the Camp Nou since the elections. Laporta, though, isn’t completely convinced that now is the right time to bring him back to the club. With Xavi having played alongside some of the current squad, it might be best to wait.
The Spaniard is an option that Laporta has always liked. During the electoral campaign, contact was made with the Arsenal boss. He’s happy in London now, but he’s a Barcelona-style coach and he trained at La Masia as a player, while he was also part of Pep Guardiola’s staff at Manchester City for a number of years.
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The Ajax boss is another who would fit in nicely at Barcelona. The two clubs have the same philosophies and ways of playing, and he has transformed Ajax during his time there. He has had his contract renewed recently, though.
Mundo Deportivo wrote that he was one of Laporta‘s options. During the president’s first spell, Rijkaard won the club’s second European Cup, but he hasn’t coached since 2013.
Laporta likes the German a lot, and he has done an incredible job at Liverpool. He doesn’t, though, play the traditional Barcelona way and he has a contract at Anfield that he’s unlikely to walk away from.
Laporta‘s dream. He would love to bring Pep back to the club, but it’s not likely to happen. Guardiola is focused on the job at hand in Manchester, particularly with the Champions League final coming.
Other options can’t be written off completely. Laporta could choose an unlikely name such as Jordi Cruyff or Francisco Javier Garcia Pimienta.