Lionel Messi approves fellow Argentine to manage Barcelona next season.
Reports suggest that the Barca captain is one of the leading men in wanting the sacking of current coach Quique Setien after a poor campaign that has already witnessed the sacking of former manager, Ernesto Valverde.
The squad, including Messi, do not agree with the coach’s methods and have a personal quarrel with his right-hand man, Eder Sarabia. The team’s poor training regiment along with inconsistent results this season has forced Leo to raise his concerns for the betterment of his beloved club.
The uncertainly about the performance of the current Barcelona squad is whats driving the talk of Setien’s exit next season as despite being a significant improvement over Valverde, the 61-year-old has failed to perform his best on a consistent level.
Despite this, the former Betis coach has retained his spot until the end of this campaign with Champions League being the only competition keeping Barca from going trophyless. While Setien prepares for the difficult draws for the European crown, the club’s board are looking into signing a possible replacement.
Pep Guardiola was heavily linked with a return but after Manchester City‘s two-year ban from Champions League got lifted, the coach decided to continue his tenure in the hopes of securing the European glory at Etihad.
Meanwhile, Xavi Hernandez and Ronald Koeman have both stated that they would only return the following year once a new president has been elected as they are both currently under contract with their respective teams until then.
Former Paris Saint-Germain coach, Laurent Blanc, has been recently named as the likely appointee where the French coach could come in for a single year to change the landscape of football at Camp Nou for the better.
But Marca suggests that a new manager has emerged who previously stated that he would never coach Barcelona because of his love for their local rival Espanyol. Good news for the Spanish giants is that their fellow Catalan side, Espanyol, have relegated to the second division, allowing the entry of former Tottenham Hotspurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine is extremely liked by his fellow countrymen, Messi, and club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu has shifted his focus from Blanc to Pochettino. It remains to be seen, however, whether the 48-year-old agrees with the sporting project of Barca, with many clubs interested in acquiring last year’s Champions League finalist.