Laurent Blanc ‘could take over as Barcelona manager for just one season as a Nou Camp stop-gap for Xavi’… with Quique Setien facing the axe if he fails to win the Champions League
- Boss Quique Setien could be sacked if he is unable to win the Champions League
- Barcelona would like club legend Xavi to become manager but will have to wait
- Meaning Laurent Blanc could become Barcelona’s interim manager next season
- Blanc believes he will succeed at the club and earn his right to stay full-time
Laurent Blanc could become Barcelona‘s interim manager while the club waits for first choice Xavi, according to reports.
If Setien is unable to redeem The Catalan’s flagging season by winning the Champions League, Barca will look to bring in a top-level coach who would accept the job on a one-season basis.
If current boss Quique Setien is sacked, Laurent Blanc (above) could become interim manager
Though Xavi would be the club’s first choice to replace Setien in the long-term, they will have to wait another year for him to take over at the Nou Camp as he has signed a new contract at Al-Sadd.
The 40-year-old has signed a new contract with the Qatari side for the 2020-21 season, forcing Barca to look elsewhere for next season.
Blanc is allegedly willing to take-over as interim manager as the Frenchman believes he can succeed and earn the right to stay, according to Sport.
Barca star Lionel Messi has made it clear there is a need for change among the management.
Following Barca miserable home defeat to Osasuna on Thursday evening, the captain said: ‘Since January, everything has gone very badly.’
Setien is under pressure to win the Champions League after Real Madrid won the LaLiga title
Barca star Lionel Messi has made it clear there is a need for change among the management
In a nod towards under-pressure manager Setien, Messi added: ‘We are going to have to change a lot if we want to do something…’
Setien, the former coach of Real Betis, was only appointed on January 13 following the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde.
Since taking over the rein he has seen Barca slip from the top of the LaLiga table after defeats to Valencia, Real Madrid and then Osasuna.
The Catalan’s also dropped points in draws against Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid to allow Real to overtake them.
Barca topped LaLiga when Setien took over, bit let it slip to the hands of Zinedine Zidane