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Ronald Koeman in frame to become next Barcelona manager

| Thursday, 16 February 2017  36 Comments  [Jump to last]

It seems one poor result for Barcelona is enough for them to consider switching out manager Luis Enrique, with Ronald Koeman on the shortlist to replace him, if you believe this piece in The Mirror.

The Spanish giants are supposedly preparing to axe under-pressure Luis Enrique this summer in the wake of Barcelona's four-goal humiliation to Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.

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James Hughes
1 Posted 16/02/2017 at 09:32:50
Ronald Koeman being linked with the Barca job already!
Paul Tran
2 Posted 16/02/2017 at 10:31:42
James, Barca won't want a manager that moves a mid table team to 7th. They'll be interested in Koeman when he's won trophies/got us in the CL. If that happens, I suspect they'll be very interested and I'd be delighted to have seen a successful EFC again!
John G Davies
3 Posted 16/02/2017 at 10:46:39
Luis Enrique.
Previous jobs.

Roma 7th position.

Celta De Vigo 8th position.

Next season appointed manager of Barca.

Brian Harrison
4 Posted 16/02/2017 at 11:34:08
As for Koeman for the Barcelona job this is just British journalists speculating, yes Barca like to appoint ex players but Enriques was an ex player and that didn't work out too well.

I would much rather take the view of Guillem Balague who knows a lot more about the Spanish league than our press. Balague says the favourite by a long way is the manager of Sevilla who wants the job.
Balague then listed 3 other managers after him, he mentioned Koeman and said maybe one day but not this time.

John Daley
5 Posted 16/02/2017 at 11:34:53

They went out and got Louis Enrique whose managerial track record at the top level consisted of one middling season at Roma followed by another at Celta Vigo. His past ties to the club counted more than the non-existent trophies he'd scooped since leaving Barcelona B.

I wouldn't worry about it too much though. After all, they were having a 'right good sniff' around Koeman's predecessor a couple of years ago according to the same reliable press 'sources'.

Sam Hoare
6 Posted 16/02/2017 at 12:12:12
I think in a way this has come at a good time. If Enrique limped on another year it's possible that Koeman would have done enough good 'turning around' work with us (hopefully!) to be more in the frame. Even more so if we somehow manage to gatecrash top 6 or even 4.

As it is I think it will be too early for him.

Drew O'Neall
7 Posted 16/02/2017 at 12:36:41
Friend of the club; Jim White, is speculating about Koeman to Barca on TalkShite now.

If he's offered it, he's gone. Simple as that.

Tony Cunningham
8 Posted 16/02/2017 at 13:22:16
If I was offered the Barca job, I'd be gone too. But the reality is that both I and Koeman don't yet have the credentials to get that job. He took Southampton to 6th and currently has made a promising start for us and may take us to 6th as well this season but he'll have to do much more than that to get Barca interested.

He'd need at least two seasons of Top 4 finishing or Europa League final or something similar to even start getting their attention... and then I could probably live with him going with a good pat in the back.

Plenty of other big name managers out there in the queue before Ron.

Shane Corcoran
9 Posted 16/02/2017 at 13:38:07
Tony, I'm not sure about your own credentials but I think Koeman's record stands up against the last four Barcelona managers when they were offered the job.
John Hughes
10 Posted 16/02/2017 at 13:42:35
I think you're forgetting something here – Barca are no mugs and they will be aware that Moysie will be available soon... get a tenner on it!
Eddie Dunn
11 Posted 16/02/2017 at 13:54:18
Perhaps one reason for Romelu's better attitude is the possibility that Koeman might get the Barca job and take the big man with him? (Be patient my boy, tow the line for a season, and we will both get our dream move).
John Pierce
12 Posted 16/02/2017 at 15:29:16
Appointing him was a tacit acceptance that should greener pastures hone into view Koeman would be off.

That's Koeman, Koeman does what he wants!

What should be surprising is I don't think Barcelona will be his next destination, he is a goodish manager with an up and down record. Even his short tenure with Everton tells you that.

I believe he will be off to Arsenal, the level of rancour at the Emirates is reaching breaking point. If there is one positive, the deadlock at board level just might encourage Usmanov to withdraw his support and look elsewhere to shape a Premier League club?

As for Koeman, only if other previous big names refuse the Barcelona job would he stand a chance. They are also past their best with several players in retirement mode. But he'd never turn it down.

I hope that, as a business, Everton already have a succession plan and a list of possibilities... maybe Niasse will play in royal blue jersey again?

John Daley
13 Posted 16/02/2017 at 15:34:50
"Moysie will be available soon... get a tenner on it!"

"Ten whole poonds? Hoald oan thair a wee minute before ye go throwing yair money aroond willy nilly, Roackafelly.

David Moyes might have they big club craydentials the noo, as well as earning they evahlasting rayspect of the mair knowledgeable Spanish man oan the street (they cries ay "Bolas de Jengibre" still ring oot whenever they name 'Moyes' is mayntioned ah've been telt), but thair's moar tae it than just an eye catching CV.

Awl that 'social media' shite play's intae it these day's and, evah since that Richard Doadd felly disappeared oaffy ToaffeeWeb, ah've got ahbsolutely nayboady fighting my coarner or putting David Moyes's name forward fae they sortay massive joab's his talent's deserve.

Thain yeh've goat this whole public personay that's built up over they years of Davie Moyes as an overly adventurous, risk taking Maverick, too ootspoken and innovaytive for they mair trayditional clubs tae keep under tight control.

Throw in the fact Roondy recorded 'They World's Stroangest fooking Man' ovah oor trusty defensive video tutorial of Jags viciously twatting it doon they pitch and ah'm pretty much fighting with baith hand's tied behind mah back here.

Maybe scale yair bet back tae one poond, as loang as you've goat plentae ay poodered milk stoacked up fae the bairns?"

Joe McMahon
14 Posted 16/02/2017 at 15:47:19
Let's be honest – he wont move to move to the Camp Nou... The Bullens Road stand is way too much of a pull to keep him at Everton.
Patrick Murphy
15 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:02:32
Barca haven't got rid of their current manager yet, so no immediate worries about Ronald moving on; however, it could be another "Will they? Won't they?" move in the summer, with regards to Ron, Rom and Ross.

Dermot Byrne
16 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:19:19
Cannot see it yet. As when he inevitably fails at Barca, other clubs may not like persistent mercinary history.

Also, depends what Moshiri is promising.

Oh for God's sake none of us have a bloody clue. Let's admit it and stop being drawn into senseless debate by the media. If it happens it happens. If not, so be it.

I feel stupid now for getting involved!

Brian Williams
17 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:27:45
Can't even believe it's getting discussed!
Dermot Byrne
18 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:31:10
That is why I felt so stupid, Brian!
Kristian Boyce
19 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:38:26
I thought the Martinez was meant to be Barca's next manager. Well that's what the media told us a few years back.
Mark Morrissey
20 Posted 16/02/2017 at 18:09:07
Simeone will be the next Barca manager... and then Ronald once they get fed up with him.
James Flynn
21 Posted 16/02/2017 at 18:27:35
Picturing Koeman telling 30-year-old Messi that he has to press from the front.

Fun times.

Ciarán McGlone
22 Posted 16/02/2017 at 19:14:36
Jaysus, they must be desperate.
Mike Gaynes
23 Posted 16/02/2017 at 19:58:08
Brian Harrison #4, can I have some of whatever you're smoking?

>>"Barca like to appoint ex players but Enriques was an ex player and that didn't work out too well."<<


Nah, Enrique hasn't done much

2014-15 – the Treble, followed by the UEFA Super Copa and the FIFA World Club Cup. FIFA World Coach of the Year.

2015-16 – Another La Liga title, another Copa del Rey, 39-match unbeaten streak.

2016-17 – A third straight double very possible. One point behind Real Madrid for the La Liga lead, with a superior goal diff. Heavily favored to win the Copa Final in May.

Didn't work out too well, did you say??

Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 16/02/2017 at 20:07:02
James (#21), Messi doesn't need to be told. He, Suarez (also 30) and Neymar do a fine job of pressing from the front. They do it intelligently and effectively. Even 33-year-old Iniesta does it, and does it well.

In fact, overdoing the pressure was a key factor in their miserable performance at PSG. They pressed too far up the pitch and the midfield didn't fill in properly behind them.

Bill Watson
25 Posted 16/02/2017 at 20:26:47
TalkSport is all about creating 'news' and controversy etc for their 'expert' ex players to discuss and getting listeners to phone in.

Currently they're leading on Wenger with Koeman to Barca as a backup.

When the Barca story's done to death rest assured they'll speculate on Koeman to Arsenal.
Brian Harrison
26 Posted 16/02/2017 at 20:51:29

I must have been smoking something, completely lost the plot regarding what Enrique had of course won.

Mike Gaynes
27 Posted 16/02/2017 at 21:12:34
No problem, Brian. Obviously it was good stuff!
Gordon Crawford
28 Posted 16/02/2017 at 21:38:13
There isn't much loyalty in football so it wouldn't surprise me if he did leave. Though I think it would be more likely for Arsenal than Barcelona. But only time will tell if he will stick around. I do hope that when the time comes, we will be in great shape and challenging for honours. Nothing worse than to lose our manager when the job has only just begun.

Eugene Ruane
29 Posted 16/02/2017 at 22:28:55
Spot the odd one out..

"I'm gonna make meself a bacon and sausage sandwich - dooo!" said Paul McCartney.

"It's not about me it's about the team" said Christiano Ronaldo.

"I'm delighted to have been offered the Barcelona job" said David Moyes.

"Yes I have regrets, I've made a lot of mistakes" said Donald Trump.

"I'd like to know more about the world we live in, learn more about different cultures" said a Brexit voter

Did you get it?

That''s right, it was the first one.

There's 100% no chance of ever hearing the other statements from those people, but given Macca isn't now being told what he can and can't eat, surely he's now back on solids (even if he has to do it on the sly).

Nicholas Ryan
30 Posted 16/02/2017 at 23:02:14
In a strange, roundabout way; isn't it better that Barcelona want our manager, than Brentford or Darlington wanting him?!
Tom Bowers
31 Posted 16/02/2017 at 23:20:13
I honestly think Koeman is here for a while no matter what big money club comes after him.

First of all he hasn't set the world on fire yet in the Premier League although the signs are there that he may do at Everton (we hope) with the financial backing of Moshiri.

He has the challenge here which may be a bigger draw at the moment than going to a team like Barca where you are expected to win every game every season.

Colin Metcalfe
32 Posted 17/02/2017 at 04:48:11
Barcelona would have remembered his disastrous stint with Valencia. He isn't going anywhere anytime soon... Calm down and move on to the next topic!
James Flynn
33 Posted 17/02/2017 at 18:12:39
Mike (24) - Could be. Let me ponder:

Mike Gaynes - "Messi doesn't need to be told. He, Suarez (also 30) and Neymar do a fine job of pressing from the front. "

Pep Guardiola - "Look at Messi when he’s out there, it looks like he’s walking around the pitch….he sees that he’s alone; when he sees that they’re watching him, he distances himself…

Messi spends the game walking, x-raying every single moment. He’s the player who runs the least in La Liga – but when the ball comes to him, he has the complete X-ray of space/time. He knows exactly where everyone is. And then Pam!"

Basketballer myself, so always open to the thoughts of two life-time footballers, Haynes and Guardiola. Let me consider the opinions and get back to you on Koeman telling Messi he has to press from the front.

Tony Hill
34 Posted 17/02/2017 at 19:12:36
If we went on a proper run now to the end of the season and caught up with a couple ahead of us, maybe even 3 ahead of us, what then? I hope that Colin Metcalfe is right but I wonder.

Mind you, we'll probably be shite or shiteish and no awkwardness will arise.

Mike Gaynes
35 Posted 17/02/2017 at 21:42:32
James #33, Pep was talking about what Messi does on offense... just waiting while his mates pass the ball around, then taking the opportunity and pouncing.

Watch him on defense (I watch every Barca game) and he does the same thing. Neymar and Ratboy pressure the backline with the help of a wing (Turan is good at it) and if the defenders try to play the ball out, Messi pounces for the interception. He gets two or three of them every game, and they all result in swift counterattacks. Sometimes you'll even see him step away from an opposing midfielder to bait a pass he can pick off.

If a press is well-coordinated, it doesn't require that much running.

Fintan Spode
36 Posted 17/02/2017 at 22:53:50
After the PSG result, I can see Barcelona going for a change in style this time... what's the odds on big Sam?

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