1. Xavi Hernandez
Finally, the name in everyone’s mouth currently is Xavi Hernandez. The Spanish legend was tipped to take over the Barcelona job back when Quique Setien was sacked however, the Barca board did not back Xavi and chose to go with another Blaugrana legend instead. Koeman was a wise choice at that time since Hernandez is still unproven in the European scene while Koeman had a lot of experience with Southampton, Everton, and the Dutch National Team. Xavi on the other hand had a good managerial record but only in Middle Eastern Asia.
However, now it seems as if the Koeman decision was quite rushed and they should have at least contacted Xavi and talked to him. As soon as Koeman was sacked, fans everywhere started to root for Xavi and now it seems like he is the man most likely for the Job. Trusted journalist, Fabrizio Romano, has stated that the Barca board has already decided on the next manager and according to him it is Xavi. For now, the first team will be managed by the former B team manager and Xavi will be announced later. In a Twitter post, Fabrizio has stated that the club is already in talks with Xavi and the president will announce the manager to the team today.
Thus, while the other options in the list are also viable, it seems like Barcelona has already made up their minds and they will be finally bringing Xavi home. It will be a shame that Messi won’t live to see the day where Xavi is his manager since Messi had always rallied for his former teammate to become the manager of Barcelona. However, the youngsters will thrive a lot from the legendary midfielder. His coaching style is very similar to Pep Guardiola and he could lead this group of youngsters into a golden generation for the club.
Who do you want to see as Barca’s next manager?