Ronald Koeman favourite for Barcelona job

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is the favourite to take over the Barcelona hot seat should current boss Luis Enrique be replaced.

Enrique reportedly fell out with superstar Lionel Messi recently and it has caused doubts over his future at the club, especially with sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta also leaving the club.

The Saints' superb start to the season has thrust the Dutch manager into the limelight and his past experiences with the Catalan outfit has made him a top target should Enrique depart.

Patient football

Koeman has been linked as his style of play fits the Barcelona philosophy perfectly.

Under his stewardship this season, Southampton have continued to be one of the most attractive passing teams in the Premier League, with a fast, fluid approach to their game.

This would allow a seamless transition into the Barcelona set-up for Koeman to a team that also like to play in this way.

Valencia troubles

That being said, Koeman struggled when he was last in La Liga with Valencia and this might count against him.

Despite winning the Copa Del Rey in his charge, the Dutch legend was a failure overall as his side finished two points outside the relegation zone and bottom of their Champions League group.

That poor experience in La Liga might just go against the Dutchman if he is being considered as a replacement for Enrique who was also a favourite during his playing days at the club.

Barcelona past

Koeman does, however, have past experience of playing at the Camp Nou under Johan Cruyff.

He went on to win the Spanish league four years in a row and scored the free kick that won Barcelona the European Cup in 1992 during a six year spell at the club.

That past history and his impressive start to life at Southampton have made him a top target for the Barcelona hierarchy should they choose to remove Enrique.

Other former Barcelona players on the list include Ronald De Boer, Oscar Garcia and Carles Puyol.

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