Following a completely failed season, FC Barcelona will try to regain its best level in 2022. With or without Ronald Koeman?
For the moment, Ronald Koeman is still the coach of the Catalan club. But that is likely to change in the days to come. Knowing that the Dutch coach did not succeed at all in his first season on the bench for the Blaugrana, with the Copa del Rey victory as the only feat of arms, in the midst of failures in the Champions League and La Liga, Koeman is in danger. According to Don Balon, the 58-year-old coach is even leaving. Over the next few days, Joan Laporta is expected to announce the departure of his coach, yet under contract until 2022. But then who will be Barça’s next coach? For now, two men are favorites. They are Jordi Cruyff, Johan’s son having been without a post since leaving Shenzhen, and Roberto Martínez, the current Belgium coach. If these two candidates are credible, the same goes for Xavi Hernández. Even if he feels very good at Al Sadd SC in Qatar, the Barça legend is claimed by Lionel Messi, his former teammate in the great Barça of Pep Guardiola.
Thierry Henry or Laurent Blanc in Barcelona?
On the other hand, La Pulga is much more in doubt compared to the last three names circulating around Camp Nou. If the track leading to Joachim Löw, who will leave the German selection to Hans-Dieter Flick after the Euro, could appeal to the Argentine striker, the other two should not convince him to extend. Since two French people offered their services to the FCB: Thierry Henry and Laurent Blanc. The 1998 world champions are looking for a nice rebound. If the former PSG coach has returned to service at Al-Rayyan, the top scorer in the history of the France team has been unemployed since his flight from the Montreal Impact last February. In any case, Henry and White are ready to come running if their former club – Henry having played for Barça between 2007 and 2010, as White between 1996 and 1997 – responds to their candidacy. Not sure that it appeals to Barcelona supporters, who expect much better for the launch of Laporta’s new project …