Barcelona are reportedly looking to replace Dutch coach Ronald Koeman at the end of the season. The Catalan giants failed to lift the UEFA Champions League and are currently well behind La Liga leaders, Atletico Madrid.
According to reports from major European news channels, club president Joan Laporta has three names shortlisted to replace the former Netherlands Men’s national team coach.
Koeman did not enjoy a great start to his return to the Nou Camp. He helped Barcelona pick form as they closed the gap at the top of the La Liga, eventually becoming contenders themselves. The transformation that gave Barcelona fans hopes began earlier this year despite the club’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona have now dropped vital points in recent weeks to reduce their chances of winning the La Liga. This development has put Koeman’s future as the head coach again in doubt. The Dutchman is now on borrowed time with the Catalans set to miss out on the La Liga title to Atletico Madrid, who moved a step closer to domestic glory last night after beating Real Sociedad 2-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Now the pressure is mounting on Koeman, who already led Barcelona to the Copa del Rey title this season with a 4-0 thumping of Real Sociedad. However, Barcelona fans cherish the league title, and this will be the second consecutive season they would end the league season empty-handed.
RAC-1 says Laporta is now leaning towards replacing Koeman at the end of the season, with three names under consideration. The favourite is Al Sadd coach and former Barca captain Xavi, followed by Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
The acquisition of these managers will come with difficulty. Erik Ten Hag and Xazvi have just signed new deals with their respective clubs. The third option under consideration is Barca B coach Javier Garcia Pimienta.