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Barcelona to appoint performance director to overhaul training

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Laporta is keen to shake things up
Laporta is keen to shake things up / Alex Caparros/Getty Images
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Barcelona are looking to appoint a performance director, as president Joan Laporta plans a major overhaul of the club hierarchy.

Barça have endured a nightmare 18 months both on and off the pitch. Their most recent blow came on Wednesday, when Benfica beat them 3-0 - leaving them without a point from their opening two Champions League group games. They have also been faltering in La Liga, winning only half of their first six matches.

The pressure is starting to ramp up on Ronald Koeman and he is widely expected to be shown the exit door if Barcelona fail to beat Atletico Madrid on Saturday night.

That is not the only change that Laporta could make at the club, though. As per El Larguero, Barça are also keen to appoint a performance director.

Whoever takes this new role will be tasked with modernising the Blaugrana's approach to training sessions, which Laporta believes has been a serious problem for some time. As well as applying the club's traditional playing style more readily, the club are also keen to add more German-inspired pressing. The performance director will be a separate position to the head coach.

It is unlikely that Koeman will reap the benefits of this new staff member with 90min understanding that Barça are keen to replace him with Xavi. The former legendary midfielder is currently coaching Qatari side Al Sadd but several senior figures at the club trying to convince him to come home.

However, Xavi has serious reservations about taking his dream role so early in his managerial career. As a result, Barcelona are also considering the likes of Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers, Imanol Alguacil, Andrea Pirlo and Erik ten Hag.

Jordi Cruyff has already ruled himself out but Giovanni van Bronckhorst - who has previously coached Feyenoord and in China - as well as Phillip Cocu and Barça B Sergi Barjuan are still in the running.

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