It seems there’s still a long way to go in Barcelona’s search for a new manager. The board are working on appointing Luis Enrique’s replacement, but it appears they have still not decided on a solution.
Barça vice president, in the absence of sporting director Robert Fernandez, was in charge of speaking to the media after the Blaugrana’s 4-1 win over Villarreal on Saturday.
“What I can say is that we have decided on the profile [the manager] must have. President [Josep Maria] Bartomeu will have the final say, although the names will be put forward by Robert Fernandez. We have a clear idea about how the new Barcelona coach needs to be,” Mestre indicated.
“We won’t communicate anything until the end of the season out of respect for Luis Enrique. I insist, I can’t say anything else. It’s a delicate moment, we have to be discrete… things are advanced,” he added when speaking to Esport3.
Luis Enrique will step down as Barcelona coach in the summer and many coaches are being linked with the Camp Nou job. Everton manager Ronald Koeman has recently released an interview claiming that he dreams of coaching the blaugrana one day but the former Barcelona star is not the only manager on Barcelona’s shopping list.
One week ago, Barcelona were said to have made contact with former PSG coach Laurent Blanc although no more news emerged from the capital of Cataluña regarding a possible appointment of the former Barcelona centre-back.
Jorge Sampaoli and Ernesto Valverde are also rumoured to be considered as possible replacements for Luis Enrique although Juan Carlos Unzué is believed to be the leading candidate to replace the former AS Roma boss. Unzué is the current assistant coach of Barcelona and several stars have been backing the Spaniard to take over at the club at the end of the season.
According to reports in Spain, Barcelona players have already identified Unzué as the perfect replacement for Luis Enrique and most Barcelona players believe he should be appointed as the next Barcelona head coach.
Even Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona’s Croatian centre-midfielder, spoke about whom he wants to take over next season when Luis Enrique leaves.
He has put his chips down on the side of Juan Carlos Unzue, Lucho’s assistant coach.
Speaking to RAC-1, he said: “I’m sure that the president and whoever will choose the new coach will do so looking for a person who they trust, who will keep them calm.
“Juan Carlos is someone who has had years with us, who was already at the club. I’m sure the club will decide what is best and I will back them. Unzue is a man who we know well, he works with us and that’s it.”