it is no secret that not many fans have taken a liking to Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman, since taking over the reins at Camp Nou last year, has won the Copa del Rey but has been unable to win over the supporters.
Koeman’s tactics, team selections his treatment of some of Barcelona’s academy graduates like Riqui Puig and Alex Collado have made him an unpopular figure among some sections of the supporters.
And even though the club hierarchy are willing to show their backing by handing Koeman a new contract, things could very well be brewing in the background should things go south.
According to journalist Sique Rodriguez on La Porteria TV, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique remains a top candidate for the managerial post should he discontinue from the Spanish national team.
“If Luis Enrique did not continue with Spain, I think he would be the number one candidate to be the manager of Barcelona,” Rodriguez said.
The 51-year-old is a revered figure at Barcelona due to his ties with the club as a player and then a manager. Enrique spent three years in charge at Camp Nou between 2014 and 2017 and went on to win nine trophies during that stint, including the historic treble in the 2014/15 campaign.
A year after leaving Barcelona, Enrique took over the reins of the Spanish national team after the disastrous run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and has done an amazing job of building the side block by block. He led La Roja to the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-finals earlier this year and will be hoping to do one better in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar next year.
This is not the first time the links to Enrique have surfaced. Earlier in the summer, Barcelona were said to have identified the 51-year-old as the top candidate for the job for the immediate future, and it seems like that stance has not changed.
But, given his current commitment to the Spanish national team, a reunion might not materialise for the foreseeable future.