5 candidates who could replace Ronald Koeman as Barcelona manager

Arjun Singh Devgan
Barcelona are keen to sign Xavi as the next Barcelona manager
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Barcelona created headlines when they sacked Ronald Koeman following the Catalan giants 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano in the LaLiga on Wednesday, with the Catalan giants currently placed ninth in the LaLiga table with 15 points from 10 games, while they have also been beaten by Bayern Munich and Benfica in the Champions League.

Koeman who was a legendary player for Barcelona, struggled in the managerial hot seat at the club and now the management are scrambling to replace him. Here, we take a look at five candidates who have been tipped for the post.

1. Xavi Hernandez

Xavier Hernández Creus, Xavi
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Barcelona president, Joan Laporta is reportedly very keen on appointing the legendary Xavi Hernandez as the manager, with reports stating that he has already begun negotiations with their former captain.

The Spaniard himself has reiterated in the past that he is interested in managing his former club, though signing him would not be an easy task considering that he is currently managing Al-Sadd and is yet to reach an agreement with the Saudi club which would allow him to return to the Nou Camp.

2. Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez
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Roberto Martinez is another name that is being talked about, with the club management understood to be fans of the current Belgium head coach. The Spaniard who led Wigan to FA Cup glory, has insisted that he wants to remain with Belgium till the 2022 World Cup and would not be available immediately.

3. Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
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Another former Barcelona player who has gone into management, Giovanni van Bronckhorst's name is under consideration - though while he found early success at Feyenoord, winning the Eredivisie in 2017, his managerial career has stalled and he has been out of work since December 2020 when he resigned from Guangzhou R&F.

4. Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo
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Andrea Pirlo has been out of work since he was sacked by Juventus in the summer and he is another who could be interested in the post, should the club approach him.

The Italian who has previously cited Johan Cruyff's Barcelona as an inspiration, did not have the best of times with the Bianconeri in his sole season with them, and could be a punt on part of the management.

5. Erik ten Hag

Erik Ten Hag
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Erik ten Hag is widely considered as one of the best tactical coaches in the world due to his success with Ajax, with many believing that he would be a perfect fit at the Nou Camp.

The Dutchman who has been also linked with the Manchester United job, has ruled himself out of the running, - though less convincingly than the others.