With Luis Enrique announcing he won't be coaching Barcelona next season, one of the biggest gigs in all of Europe will be vacant. Who will be leading Barca in 2017/18? It's impossible to know exactly which direction the Blaugranas will go, but here are 9 managers that could get a shout.
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An in-house option, Unzue isn't the sexiest hire for Barcelona. Luis Enrique's assistant should at least get an interview, though. He hasn't had much top-flight experience, but he's been a Barca assistant since summer 2014. He'd probably prove the smoothest transition in the post-Enrique era.
This would certainly be an entertaining hire. Sampaoli is as fiery and animated as managers come, and he's darn good, too. In his first season with Sevilla he's managed to eclipse the club's point total from the previous season with 14 matches still to play. Would his personality mesh with the big characters at Barca?
With nearly 200 appearances with Barcelona as a player, Koeman's been linked with the club in a managerial role for years. He's said that he's happy with how things are at Everton (and they certainly don't want to lose him), but is now the right time for him to make the jump? We'll see.
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Klopp doesn't seem like a likely candidate, but his name has been bandied about as Enrique's successor. The fact that his name's been brought up is enough to merit consideration, even if he's a long shot. Odds are that he'll stay at Liverpool, but you never know.
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Tuchel would probably have to be fired at Dortmund to join the running for Barcelona's next manager. He's unlikely to leave the job there on his own, he's just not wired that way. If BVB wind up showing him the door, though, Barcelona should give him a ring.
Tottenham's manager is a hot commodity, but would he fit in at Barcelona? Mainly, Pochettino needs time to install his system, which has been a boon for Spurs. Would he have that kind of leeway at win-now-and-forever Barcelona?
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It's unlikely Barcelona would fish around for Wenger, but should he and Arsenal part ways for one reason or another he instantly becomes one of the most experienced managers on the market. There's a lot of questions/what if's in this equation, but imagine it happening.
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Valverde is another former Barcelona player, although he really made his bones with Athletic Bilbao. That also happens to be where he's stationed as manager, too. The Spaniard would be a bit of an under-the-radar hire, but he has a plethora of experience managing in Spain and won multiple titles in Greece.
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As manager of Barcelona's B-team, Lopez presents another in-house option. He also manages the Catalonia national team, which isn't recognized by FIFA. At 37 (he'll be 38 on March 12), Lopez is a young manager without a lot of experience. Then again, so was Zinedine Zidane with Real Madrid.