Ronald Koeman has agreed in principle to become the next Barcelona manager after the club confirmed the sacking of Quique Setien.
Setien was sacked days following Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat in the Champions League quarterfinal against Bayern Munich.
Barça officials are currently in talks with Koeman who has agreed to be Setien’s replacement provided the club pays compensation to Dutch FA where he is currently a head coach.
A Barcelona statement after Setien’s dismissal read: “This is the first decision within a wider restructuring of the first team which will be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, who will be announced in the coming days.”
Koeman, a former Barcelona player, is said to be the preferred candidate of President Josep Maria Bartomeu who was formerly said to prefer Mauricio Pochettino who is now director Ramon Planes’ preferred candidate as they both worked together in Espanyol.
But Pochettino is reportedly facing strong opposition in the club due to his strong ties to Espanyol where he was a player and a head coach.
However the former Tottenham Hotspur manager is said to be interested in the Barça job despite turning it down in the past due to his legacy at Espanyol.
Meanwhile, some members of Barcelona are still hoping for Xavi to come back to the club and manage the team. The Barcelona legend is currently the manager of Al Sadd in Qatar.
Other candidates in Barcelona list are Laurent Blanc, also an ex-Barca player, and Barca B head coach Garcia Pimienta.