Next Permanent Barcelona Manager Odds:
|Roberto Martinez to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager||4/6||Bet Victor|
|Quique Setien to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager||6/4||Betfair|
|Ronald Koeman to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager||6/1||Bet Victor|
|Massimiliano Allegri to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager||13/2||Paddy Power|
Just a few short weeks ago, FC Barcelona looked odds on for an unprecedented third treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League.
With the domestic league already sown up, a place in the cup final already assured and a three-goal advantage heading to Anfield in the second leg of their European semi-final, most football watchers agreed that the treble was Barca’s to lose.
Unfortunately, that’s precisely what they did.
If an astonishing 4-0 loss to Liverpool wasn’t bad enough, the standard of the performance against Valencia in the Copa del Rey final, which ended in a 2-1 defeat, has left Ernesto Valverde’s job hanging by a thread.
There’ve been a number of names already thrown into the hat as possible replacements, and we’ll take a look at the odds below.
Roberto Martinez To Replace Valverde?
It’s only been in the last couple of days that Roberto Martinez has entered the conversation to potentially became the new head coach at the Camp Nou.
Whilst he’s not a big name with respect, he does play a style of football that’s pleasing on the eye and that’s something that Barcelona’s fan base have been crying out for ever since Valverde took charge.
Even if Barca had gone on to complete the treble, there would still have been a large number of supporters calling for the board to act.
With the likes of Everton, Swansea and the Belgian national team as part of his CV, should Martinez be the chosen one, it will be interesting to see how he deals with the star names in the dressing room, and whether he will earn as much respect as Valverde evidently managed straight off the bat.
The smart money appears to be on the 45-year-old Catalan, with Bet Victor offering 4/6 at the time of writing.
Quique Setien, The Players Choice?
When Real Betis beat Barcelona 4-3 at the Camp Nou earlier in the season, with a brand of football that Quique Setien has become known for, there was an immediate acknowledgment that he could be a future coach at Barca.
It wasn’t just against the Catalans where his players freely expressed themselves either, Betis also having won at the Santiago Bernabeu for the second season in succession.
The one issue that appeared to bug Setien throughout the campaign, before he was sacked as soon as the season had finished, was his side’s inability to defend.
As great as Betis were going forward, their 52 goals conceded was the joint worst of the top 14 teams in the Spanish top flight.
Odds on for a European place at one point, their 10th-placed finish was disappointing.
Although Betfair have odds of 15/2 for Setien to take over from Ernesto Valverde, he’s as short as 5/1 elsewhere.
He’s well-liked by the Barcelona players and even has a signed, match-worn Sergio Busquets shirt in a frame in his house. The dedication partly denotes’ Busquets’ admiration for the way that the 60-year-old sees football.
With dressing room heavyweights already right behind him it seems, that has to count for something?
The Return Of Ronald Koeman?
Another former Everton manager, Ronald Koeman does at least have the background to be considered a sensible candidate for the Barcelona managerial position
It was the Dutchman’s goal that brought the club their first ever European Cup at Wembley back in 1992, and throughout his managerial career to date, Koeman has tried to get his teams to play in a style befitting the Blaugrana.
The current coach of the Netherlands national team, where he trains new Barca signing Frenkie De Jong and potential recruit, Matthijs De Ligt, Koeman has already been the assistant coach of the club back in 1998.
A man who understands what it means to play for the club, and what Barca represents, he seems the most natural choice to slip into the role.
His only shortcoming is a lack of relative success as a manager, with the last meaningful silverware earned coming as coach of Valencia when Los Che won the 2007/08 Copa del Rey - their last title until they won it again this past week, ironically against Barcelona.
Bet Victor have the Dutchman at 6/1 to make the switch back into club football.
Massimiliano Allegri, from Juventus To Barcelona?
After being relieved of his duties at Juventus, Max Allegri is being touted for a number of the top European jobs, of which Barcelona remains one.
The Italian certainly has the credentials and given that he’s known to lock horns with some of his biggest signings, he’s not frightened of standing his ground in the dressing room.
The real issue for him is that he’s never played or managed outside of Italy and in five years at Juventus, despite routinely walking away with Serie A, he could never bring home the Champions League, losing in two finals including once to Barcelona.
The outsider of this particular bunch, Paddy Power have him at 13/2.