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.
Original Source: The Mirror
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1 Posted 16/02/2017 at 09:32:50
2 Posted 16/02/2017 at 10:31:42
3 Posted 16/02/2017 at 10:46:39
Roma 7th position.
Celta De Vigo 8th position.
Next season appointed manager of Barca.
4 Posted 16/02/2017 at 11:34:08
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.
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'.
6 Posted 16/02/2017 at 12:12:12
As it is I think it will be too early for him.
7 Posted 16/02/2017 at 12:36:41
If he's offered it, he's gone. Simple as that.
8 Posted 16/02/2017 at 13:22:16
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.
9 Posted 16/02/2017 at 13:38:07
10 Posted 16/02/2017 at 13:42:35
11 Posted 16/02/2017 at 13:54:18
12 Posted 16/02/2017 at 15:29:16
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?
13 Posted 16/02/2017 at 15:34:50
"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?"
14 Posted 16/02/2017 at 15:47:19
15 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:02:32
16 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:19:19
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!
17 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:27:45
18 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:31:10
19 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:38:26
20 Posted 16/02/2017 at 18:09:07
21 Posted 16/02/2017 at 18:27:35
22 Posted 16/02/2017 at 19:14:36
23 Posted 16/02/2017 at 19:58:08
>>"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??
24 Posted 16/02/2017 at 20:07:02
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.
25 Posted 16/02/2017 at 20:26:47
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.
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.
27 Posted 16/02/2017 at 21:12:34
28 Posted 16/02/2017 at 21:38:13
29 Posted 16/02/2017 at 22:28:55
"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).
30 Posted 16/02/2017 at 23:02:14
31 Posted 16/02/2017 at 23:20:13
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.
32 Posted 17/02/2017 at 04:48:11
33 Posted 17/02/2017 at 18:12:39
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 hes out there, it looks like hes walking around the pitch….he sees that hes alone; when he sees that theyre watching him, he distances himself…
Messi spends the game walking, x-raying every single moment. Hes 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.
34 Posted 17/02/2017 at 19:12:36
Mind you, we'll probably be shite or shiteish and no awkwardness will arise.
35 Posted 17/02/2017 at 21:42:32
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.
36 Posted 17/02/2017 at 22:53:50
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