Celta Vigo coach Luis Enrique is set to become the next manager of Barcelona when he takes over from Tata Martino in the summer.
Goal.com reports how failure to beat Atletico Madrid on the final day of the La Liga season would ensure that Barca finish this season trophy-less and time is almost certainly up for Martino.
Enrique, who is believed to have set the task of recapturing Lionel Messi’s best form as his first priority, played for the Blaugrana between 1996 and 2004 and captained the side in his final two years at the club.
The Barca legend is believed to have met with Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta last week at his seaside home in Gava and is the standout favourite to become the new man at the helm of the Spanish giants.
Enrique was originally considered as a replacement for Tito Vilanova last summer, however, he had already joined Celta and Martino was the preferred option. Enrique’s team have been in impressive form this season finishing eighth after a slow start to the season and a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid on Sunday will undoubtedly have caught the eye of the Barca chiefs.
Talking about Luis Enrique after Barca's disappointing 0-0 draw at Elche, Zubizarreta said: "Luis Enrique is a great coach for Celta and I won't talk about him while we're fighting for La Liga."
Although Enrique is far from a unanimous decision at Boardroom level, he remains the favourite to be appointed the job and his strong identity with the club and rapport with the fans will play a big role in any decision to appoint the 44-year-old.
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