Barcelona continues to search for alternatives to replace coach Ronald Koeman, with former Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo and River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo becoming the latest names to join the list of candidates.
While the Barcelona legend and the current coach of Al Sadd, Xavi Hernandez, and Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez, remain the most prominent candidates to succeed Koman, who is expected to be sacked within the next few days or weeks at the latest, several sources told the ESPN sports network that the Catalan team leader, Juan Laporta, he may also choose Albert Capillas, who is currently at Barcelona’s youth academy, as an urgent solution.
Pirlo, Gallardo, Xavi and Martinez have higher profiles, but Capellas, the former Denmark under-21 coach, has the support of Barcelona’s sporting advisor, Jordi Cruyff, as the pair previously worked together during Cruyff’s supervision of Chongqing Lifan in the Chinese Super League in China. year 2018.
The Barcelona administration will go to appoint Capellas, if Laporta decides to replace Koeman with a temporary coach until the end of the season, before appointing a bigger name to lead the project in the long term.
Other reports said that the name of Ralf Rangnick is also on the table, the coach that Laporta had already monitored this summer when he was considering sacking Koeman before the start of the current season.
Barcelona vice-president Eduardo Romeo announced earlier this week that money would not be an issue for the club to fire Koeman, but there are many discrepancies over how the Dutch coach’s dismissal can be implemented without violating LaLiga’s rules on the salary cap.
Koeman was appointed by Laporta’s predecessor, Josep Maria Bartomeu, in August 2020, but the Catalan team is experiencing difficult days this season, both locally and continentally, as “Barca” occupies sixth place in the Spanish League with 12 points with a game postponed, and two heavy defeats in the first Two rounds of the Champions League group stage, by Bayern Munich 0-3, and Benfica with three clean goals as well.
Some reports do not rule out the dismissal of Koeman after his team’s match against Atletico Madrid, scheduled for Saturday, at the top of the eighth stage of the Spanish League.