The Evening Standard have claimed that Mauricio Pochettino is the leading contender to replace Quique Setien in the Barcelona hot seat.
Barcelona’s 8-2 demolishment at the hands of Bayern Munich shone the spotlight for all to see how broken things are at the Catalonian club.
AS claimed that Pochettino was Barcelona’s Plan B, with doubts over whether former midfielder Xavi Hernandez would take the job before the presidential elections scheduled for next year.
The Evening Standard has now claimed that the La Liga giants have called an emergency meeting after the embarrassment they suffered at the hands of Bayern last week.
They claim that Pochettino is likely to be the next Barcelona manager and that Xavi will only be an option if Victor Font or former club chief Joan Laporta win the presidential elections.
However, they reveal that the Argentine might be walking into an extremely difficult situation if he does decide to take the job.
Despite the squad needing major repair, the club reportedly has very little funds to spend on new transfers this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is also suggested that any manager who accepts the job is only likely to be in place until the presidential elections, which will likely usher in a change.
Spurs Web Opinion
Having a limited budget to work with and being forced to rely on the club’s young talent might actually work in favour of Pochettino if he takes the job. Expectations will be minimal and the Argentine is at his best when he is working with young, hungry talent.
However, the one main problem he will have to deal with is the fact that he is not the fans’ prefered candidate and that the prospect of Xavi returning will always loom over him, especially if he does not get off to a good start.
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