Barcelona ‘consider Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino to replace Quique


Barcelona ‘are already searching for Quique Setien’s replacement as manager with Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino sounded out’ over a move to Nou Camp

  • Barcelona are considering appointing Ronald Koeman or Mauricio Pochettino 
  • The LaLiga side are on the lookout for potential replacements for Quique Setien 
  • Koeman, who enjoyed success at Barcelona as a player, is a major candidate 

Barcelona have started searching for possible replacements for manager Quique Setien, with Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino amongst the options being considered.

Although Setien will be in charge of Barcelona for their Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Friday, the Spanish club are already on the lookout for his successor, especially after their failure to win LaLiga this season.

As reported by ESPN, there is a feeling that Setien has failed to win over the Barcelona dressing room, with his limited achievements as a player and a coach not helping matters in that regard.

Barcelona are considering Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman to replace Quique Setien

Barcelona are considering Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman to replace Quique Setien

Mauricio Pochettino is also under consideration despite his connections with Espanyol

Mauricio Pochettino is also under consideration despite his connections with Espanyol

Barcelona, therefore, want their next manager to be a significant name, and Koeman certainly falls into that category.

Although there are concerns about his pragmatic coaching style, Koeman is vastly experienced, but he would want to remain in charge of the Netherlands until the end of Euro 2020 next summer.

Koeman made a tremendous impact as a player for Barcelona, representing the club between 1989 and 1995. During that time he played 254 times and scored 83 goals. He won the European Cup in 1992 and also won five league titles and the Copa del Rey.

Setien is likely to depart Barcelona at the end of the season as the club look elsehwere

Setien is likely to depart Barcelona at the end of the season as the club look elsehwere

Between 1998 and 2000, Koeman was assistant manager at Barcelona and he went on to manage various teams including Ajax, PSV and Valencia.

Pochettino, meanwhile, has been out of work since his departure from Tottenham last year.

He previously ruled out managing Barcelona due to his connections with their rivals Espanyol, who he played for and managed, but Pochettino has since backtracked on those remarks.

Barcelona considered appointing Pochettino in January when they sacked Ernesto Valverde but they elected for Setien instead.

Pochettino has a good relationship with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu. 

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