Barcelona make Brendan Rodgers a last resort candidate

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Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a potential candidate to become Barcelona's next manager, but remains an unrealistic choice for the Catalan club, according to the Daily Mirror.

The future of Garardo Martino continues to be put under serious scrutiny with many insiders claiming the Argentine will be sacked just a season after taking charge.

Although Barcelona are still challenging for the Spanish league title and comfortably made the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Manchester City, the Camp Nou faithful are unconvinced by the brand of football Martino has instilled.

Meanwhile Rodgers is making waves at Anfield, not just introducing an exiting brand of football but bringing back genuine prospects of domestic success in just his second season in charge.

The Liverpool manager has done enough to be put on a shortlist of potential replacements for Martino but remains a long-shot; Barcelona would prefer a manager with historical connections to the club.

Barcelona are heading towards a major shakeup as fans accuse the club of drifting from the core values both on and off the field. The Neymar scandal continues to cause controversy at board level while the players fail to dazzle as they did under Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova.

The Catalan club have currently highlighted former players Luis Enrique, Ernesto Valverde and Frank de Boer as potential replacements. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and Brendan Rodgers form part of a secondary shortlist that is yet to be considered as they would prefer to hire from within the Barcelona family.

Steven Gerrard recently urged Liverpool to extend Brendan Rodgers' contract to tie his future down to the Anfield club.

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