Next Barcelona Manager Odds

Ronald Koeman was appointed as manager of FC Barcelona on 19 August 2020, although the Dutchman has found life tough going at the Nou Camp this season and the Catalan side were recently overwhelmed by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League when losing 4-1 at home to the French champions. It's little wonder that there's speculation with regard to this high-profile managerial position.

Next Barcelona Manager Odds

Next Permanent Barcelona Manager Odds*

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Mikel Arteta to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager5/2Paddy Power
Xavi Hernandez to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager4/1Paddy Power
Javier Garcia Pimienta to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager6/1Paddy Power
Patrick Kluivert to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager9/1Paddy Power
Nuno Espirito Santo to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager14/1Paddy Power
Julian Nagelsmann to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager10/1Paddy Power
Erik ten Hag to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager12/1Paddy Power
Luis Enrique to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager12/1Paddy Power
Giovanni van Bronckhorst to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager33/1Paddy Power

*Odds correct as of March 2, 2021


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At the time of writing, it appears that Barca are unable to land the La Liga title for the current campaign, while the arrest of former president Josep Maria Bartomeu following an investigation into the club's financial issues means that there’s currently a dark cloud hanging over the Spanish giants and Koeman’s future at the club looks far from certain.

There have been even more issues off the field. Lionel Messi tried to walk away on a free transfer last summer, only to be denied when Barcelona indicated they would be willing to take their greatest ever player to court to keep hold of him. With little time left on his contract, Messi’s future is still far from certain.

Barcelona are also experiencing financial woes. Their total debt stands at an eye-watering €1.173 billion. Their funds are so depleted that they asked transfer target Eric Garcia to agree a move to the club in January despite admitting they would not be able to pay him a salary. On top of that, the club is in institutional limbo, with presidential elections initially scheduled for January pushed back until March.

In the midst of all this, it is no surprise to see Barcelona so far off the pace in La Liga. Ronald Koeman remains manager for now, but even his status as a Barcelona icon during his playing days is unlikely to help him stay in the position for the long-term. Indeed, the new president is likely to want his own man in the dugout, while a probable defeat to PSG in the Champions League last 16 could even bring forward the Dutchman’s departure.

It means that there is increased interest when it comes to the next FC Barcelona manager betting market and Paddy Power have recently reshaped their betting market, with lots of talented managers featuring on the shortlist and it’s clear that this is regarded as a dream job for lots of coaches.

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Mikel Arteta Now Favourite to Manage Barcelona Next

We have a surprise candidate currently heading the Next Barcelona Manager betting market, with Mikel Arteta trading at 5/2 with Paddy Power and there has been money for the Arsenal manager in recent days. The Spaniard came through the youth ranks at Barcelona and featured for Barcelona B as a player but never turned out for the first team before signing for Rangers.

The 38-year-old’s managerial career is just starting considering he’s trying to mould Arsenal into a Premier League title-chasing side after being part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching set-up at Manchester City, although he might jump at the chance to replace Koeman considering the potential to establish a legacy at one of the most iconic football clubs in the world.

Arteta has a deal at the Emirates Stadium until 2023 although there are never any guarantees in the world of football management and perhaps an opportunity to manage Barcelona will come up this summer, with this potentially providing the Arsenal head coach to follow in the footsteps of Pep Guardiola who would undoubtedly provide some words of wisdom.

Xavi Hernandez would be a popular choice – if he wants the job

Xavi Hernandez, available at 4/1, is one of the greatest players in Barcelona’s history. No one has made more appearances for the club (although Messi will soon move beyond his former team-mate), with Xavi pulling on the shirt 767 times in all competitions. Ever since he moved into coaching he has been seen as a Barcelona manager-in-waiting.

Xavi ended his playing career with Al Sadd and took charge of the Qatari outfit immediately after hanging up his boots in 2019. He won the Qatar Cup last year and is set to add a league title to his honours list this season, with Al Sadd well clear at the top of the table at the time of writing. It does not really matter what Xavi does in Qatar, though. The biggest strength of his candidacy is his legendary status at the Camp Nou.

There are two potential obstacles. One should be relatively easy for Xavi to clear: his lack of experience. The former midfielder has never managed at the top level before, but neither had Pep Guardiola before he became Barcelona’s greatest ever manager.

The biggest barrier to Xavi getting the Barcelona job could be Xavi himself. He turned down an offer to replace Ernesto Valverde in 2020 because he was unconvinced by the club’s leadership. If that is still the case once a new regime is in place, Xavi could again reject Barcelona with a view to instead taking charge at some point down the line.

Xavi won La Liga on eight occasions and the Champions League four times, while he also won the 2010 World Cup with Spain and there were two European Championship successes, with the former midfielder recently dipping his toe in the water by taking charge at Al Sadd in 2019.

This club compete in the Qatar Stars League and Xavi has already delivered plenty of success in the Middle East, although he might find it hard to resist the prospect of returning to his native Spain and taking charge at a club which he knows like the back of his hand. It’s no surprise to see the ex-midfielder among the shortlist of candidates.


Bookmakers' Next Permanent Manager Markets


García Pimienta Could Be Promoted From Within

García Pimienta is not a household name in Spanish football and is a complete unknown across Europe, although the 46-year-old is the current coach of Barcelona B and it wouldn’t be the first time that this prestigious European heavyweight promoted from within, with Pep Guardiola being an obvious example of someone who rose through the coaching ranks to take charge of the first team.

Pimienta had a fairly modest playing career although he has been part of the coaching staff at the Nou Camp since 2006, firstly taking charge of the youth team for several years before eventually overseeing Barcelona B from 2018 and he’s worked with many of the players who are now part of the first-team squad, with Paddy Power making him their 6/1 third favourite although he might be regarded as a risky appointment.

After all, there is a lot of media focus when it comes to the Barcelona hot seat and many managers have struggled to manage expectations, while this is quite a political position considering that appointments are usually at the mercy of whichever president happens to be in charge at the time.

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Could Kluivert Return to the Nou Camp to Manage?

Patrick Kluivert is another candidate on the Barcelona manager betting market who has obvious links with the decorated Spanish team, with the Dutchman having made 182 appearances for Barca and he scored ninety goals, with the 44-year-old having averaged a goal per two matches with this side and he is revered by the fans of this particular club.

Kluivert has been involved managing and coaching high-profile teams for several years, with the Netherlands international having held assistant roles with AZ, Brisbane Roar and NEC, while he’s also been on the touchlines for the Dutch international team, with Kluivert also having been the director of football at Paris Saint-Germain.

The lack of experience of being a first-team manager could count against Kluivert and perhaps he might form part of a coaching backroom rather than actually take a role which could see him out of his depth, although the Dutchman is trading at a single figure price right now.


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Julian Nagelsmann Could Bring Attacking Football to Barca

It’s incredible to consider that Julian Nagelsmann is just thirty three-years-old considering that he’s already regarded as one of Europe’s leading coaches and the German is surely destined for a sparkling career, with the former centre back currently in charge at RB Leipzig where he has been operating since 2019.

Nagelsmann cut his teeth in charge of 1899 Hoffenheim before going to a bigger club in the German Bundesliga and he has steered them into the Champions League as well as reaching the semi-final stage of that competition last season, with Leipzig in the Bundesliga title hunt this term as the young manager continues to earn a reputation for playing attractive football.

While Leipzig are backed financially by rich owners, Nagelsmann has still achieved plenty in terms of creating a competitive team and he’s had to cope with the loss of key players such as Timo Werner who signed for Chelsea last summer. It’s clear that he will be the target of several major clubs across Europe and perhaps he’s the value bet at 10/1 with Paddy Power.

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Ten Hag and Enrique Next in the Barcelona Manager Betting

Barcelona currently have a Dutch manager in charge and perhaps one of Ronald Koeman’s compatriots will follow in his footsteps, with Erik Ten Hag having been in charge of Ajax since 2017 although there might well come a time in the not-too-distant-future when the 51-year-old decides to look for a new challenge with a bigger budget and a better playing squad.

Ten Hag came desperately close to steering Ajax to the 2019 Champions League final after an amazing run which saw Real Madrid and Juventus dumped out en route, with the Dutch side then establishing a semi-final first leg advantage against Tottenham Hotspur before somehow conspiring to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Nevertheless, Ten Hag has plenty to recommend him and the same applies to Luis Enrique who has already enjoyed one successful spell in charge of Barcelona which saw him take charge of the Catalan side between 2014-2017, with the current international manager of Spain having enjoyed a 76% win rate during his time at the Nou Camp.

Enrique won the Champions League in the 2014/15 season and also scooped two La Liga titles along with three Copa del Reys, with the 50-year-old having seen Zinedine Zidane return to Real Madrid as first-team manager and there’s the potential of the Spaniard doing something similar after the delayed Euro 2020 takes place.