According to reports, Barcelona are considering Belgium manager Roberto Martinez as a possible replacement for Ronald Koeman for head coach. Though Andrea Pirlo was the favourite option in yesterday’s football news, could Roberto Martinez replace Ronald Koeman at Barcelona instead?
Despite Barcelona’s disappointing La Liga and Champions League finishes, the Dutch coach retained Joan Laporta’s trust for the 2021-22 season.
But the pressure is mounting on Ronald Koeman, as president Joan Laporta is already looking at alternative coaches to hire.
In Monday’s top-flight match, La Blaugrana needed a late Ronald Araujo header to salvage a mere point (1-1) against Granada.
Furthermore, their Champions League campaign also began with a humiliating 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich.
Could Roberto Martinez Replace Ronald Koeman at Barcelona?
According to Goal, Barcelona now intend to relieve Koeman of his duties instead of renewing his contract deal. They may let him go during the next international break.
And, in the meantime, the Catalan giants already have identified Roberto Martinez as their top target for a managerial replacement.
According to the report, Martinez may be willing to leave his post as the head coach of Belgium’s national team.
After all, he has failed to win a major trophy throughout his tenure with the national team of Belgium.
Martinez has won 50 of Belgium’s 64 games in charge. But his contract with the former Everton and Wigan Athletic expires next year.
On the other hand, Barcelona are close, and preparing, to negotiating a £10 million severance package for Ronald Koeman’s departure.