Next Barcelona Manager Odds

Ronald Koeman reckons he is being disrespected by the Barcelona board and the Spanish media following a disappointing 2020/21 season at the Nou Camp which has seen the Catalan side finish the campaign without any silverware. There are now rumours that Xavi could be waiting in the wings to take charge, with Mikel Arteta having also been linked to the role.

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 Manager13/5Paddy Power
Roberto Martinez to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager6/1Paddy Power
Javier Garcia Pimienta to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager6/1Paddy Power
Patrick Kluivert to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager9/1Paddy Power
Erik ten Hag to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager12/1Paddy Power
Luis Enrique to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager12/1Paddy Power
Massimiliano Allegri to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager14/1Paddy Power
Marcelo Gallardo to be the Next Permanent Barcelona Manager14/1Paddy Power

*Odds correct as of May 27, 2021


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The bookies have been opening and suspending their Next Barcelona Manager betting market in recent weeks, with plenty of speculation surrounding the future of Ronald Koeman despite the Dutchman and former Barca player having only been in charge of the team for twelve months.

It’s clear that Koeman has found life tough going at the Nou Camp despite the fact that Lionel Messi looks set to remain at the club and could be joined by compatriot Sergio Aguero next season, although there is now speculation that it could be Xavi Hernandez who takes charge and there are few greater legends than the decorated Spaniard who enjoyed lots of success with Messi.

Koeman remains in charge for now and has slammed the disrespect that has come his way in recent weeks, with the Dutchman claiming he hasn’t felt the support of the club recently and that might lead to a parting of the ways, with Atletico Madrid having claimed the 2021 La Liga title and Barca were well off the pace.

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 having traded at 5/2 with Paddy Power and there has been money for the Arsenal manager on this market. 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 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 now that the 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


Robert Martinez is the New Name On the List, while García Pimienta Could Be Promoted From Within

According to Paddy Power, Robert Martinez is the third-favourite to take over the Catalan side. The Belgium boss surprisingly emerged as one of the favourites, although the recent rumours indicate that he is more likely to make a return to the Premier League. Martinez was also linked to the Barcelona job back in 2019.

Sharing the No.3 spot on the list of potential new Barcelona managers is García Pimienta. 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 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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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.