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FC Barcelona: Joan Laporta’s new favorite to replace Ronald Koeman

Looking for a new coach capable of taking over from Ronald Koeman and especially of raising Barça’s results, Joan Laporta has made Erik ten Hag, currently at Ajax, his favorite.

Everything suggests that Ronald Koeman will not finish the season with FC Barcelona. The Dutch technician is always a little more in the hot seat as the poor performances follow one another, and in particular since this last terrible defeat against Benfica in the Champions League 3-0 last Wednesday. The setback follows a first loss on the same score against Bayern Munich, greatly compromising the Catalans’ chances of qualifying for the next round.

It would be yet another hard blow because the club is financially on the street (its debt is estimated at 1.3 billion euros) and should give up a nice entry of new money. Even if dismissing Koeman would be expensive, around 12 M €, the management no longer really has a choice in the face of the spikes launched by the media and a mutual trust frankly damaged. She even put together a first list of coaches who could take over from the Dutchman. We find Xavi, Roberto Martinez, Andrea Pirlo and Oscar Garcia thanks to his links with Jordi Cruyff, the director of culé football.

Laporta worships Ten Hag

The track leading to Marcelo Gallardo has taken a lead in the wing in recent hours but another name has come to replace that of the Argentinian. This is Erik ten Hag. Radio Catalunya goes even further because according to his information, it is the Dutchman who is now Joan Laporta’s favorite. For the Barcelona president, the 51-year-old coach has in him the precepts dear to Barça, namely a follower of 4-3-3, a thirst for titles, an offensive playing philosophy, in addition to being aware of the methodology of Pep Guardiola for having worked with him during his time at Bayern Munich.

Indeed, before taking Ajax in hand 5 years ago, he was then in charge of the Bavarian reserve team. This lead is actually not that new since Ten Hag was even asked about it 10 days ago. “What am I supposed to say to that?” I feel very good with Ajax. This kind of rumors are nice for you (the media, editor’s note), but not for us ”, he preferred to ironically. Under contract until 2023 with the Lancers, Ten Hag will on the other hand have difficulty joining Catalonia in the near future but it is his name which now appears at the top of Laporta’s list.

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