Quique Setien to be sacked: Who will be the next Barcelona manager?


It’s only a matter of time before Barcelona sack Quique Setien.

The Spaniard was appointed in January following the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde with Barca top of La Liga and through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

However, Setien will leave the club having failed to deliver a trophy.

They finished five points adrift of Real Madrid in the league before they were completely and utterly humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Friday night.

Barca went into the clash as slight underdogs but were hammered 8-2 by the German club in one of the worst nights in their entire history.

Setien will leave but who will replace him?

Well, we’ve glanced at Betfair’s odds and identified the 12 most likely candidates to take the very difficult job at the Camp Nou.

All odds are correct at the time of writing…

Mauricio Pochettino | Evens

"I am never going to be manager of Barcelona or Arsenal because I am so identified with Tottenham and Espanyol,” Pochettino once said. “I grew up in Newell's Old Boys and will never manage Rosario Central.

"That is my decision because I prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than in some places.”

You sure about that, Mauricio?

Xavi Hernandez | 21/10

Xavi seems fairly reluctant to return to Barcelona due to the mess they find themselves in - and you can’t exactly blame him. He’s currently in Qatar managing Al Sadd but could be tempted by a return home.


Javier Garcia Pimienta | 7/2

Pimienta has Barcelona DNA having been born in the city and progressing through La Masia. After retiring from a fairly underwhelming playing career, he returned to the Camp Nou and is now manager of Barcelona B.

Ronald Koeman | 6/1

Koeman spent six years at Barcelona as a player and certainly has the managerial experience to be given the job. But he’s currently the head coach of Netherlands national side so may be hard to prise away.


Patrick Kluivert | 8/1

Another Dutchman who spent six years at Barcelona. Kluivert is currently the academy director at the club but his managerial experience only extends to short spells at Jong FC Twente and Curaçao.

Julian Nagelsmann | 10/1

The 33-year-old is certainly making waves across Europe after leading RB Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals. If Barcelona came knocking, it would be very tough to turn down.


Marcelo Gallardo | 12/1

The Argentine is currently in charge of River Plate - a job he’s had since 2014.

Laurent Blanc | 14/1

Blanc actually had a short spell as a Barcelona player during the 1996/97 season. As far as his managerial career goes, he’s been in charge of Bordeaux, France and PSG but hasn’t worked since he was sacked in 2016.


Marcelo Bielsa | 14/1

Imagine going from Leeds to Barcelona. Only Bielsa could pull that off…

Massimiliano Allegri | 16/1

Despite leading Juventus to the Serie A title last season, Allegri was sacked. Will the fact he only played and managed in Italy count against him?


Jordi Cruyff | 16/1

Another man who definitely has Barca DNA. Quite literally. He’s currently managing Chinese Super League club Shenzhen FC.

Maurizio Sarri | 16/1

Sacked by Juventus, hired by Barcelona? It seems unlikely that you’ll see Sarri standing on the touchline chewing a cigarette and shouting orders to Lionel Messi next season…

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