Abidal and Bartomeu have different favorites for replacing Quique Setien. Abidal likes Laurent Blanc, while Bartomeu prefers Ronald Koeman.
A few days ago, it was reported in the Spanish media that world-famous football agent Jorge Mendes had nominated Laurent Blanc for the position of Barcelona head coach.
The Catalan club looks heavy in the hands of Quique Setien. After a pause caused by the pandemic, the club lost their lead in La Liga. So, Real Madrid won the title. In addition to losing the title, the Catalan club is showing an unprecedented game.
Quique Setien’s future at Barcelona is unclear. If Barca fail in the Champions League, the 61-year-old specialist will most likely be fired.
According to the French newspaper, L’Equipe, Laurent Blanc is the favorite candidate of Barcelona Sports Director Eric Abidal. The French specialist coached the French national team in 2010/12, and Eric knows him well. In his view, Laurent’s football philosophy is also close to the Catalan club’s playing style.
Blanc himself wants to return to football. He last coached Paris Saint-Germain and left the post in 2016. Since then, Blanc has had several offers, though he declined all of them. Now he is also predicted to be appointed in Barcelona.
According to the French newspaper, if Barcelona suspend Blanc’s candidacy, the 54-year-old specialist and the club will sign a 1-year contract. French is not the only candidate. According to reports, the president of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu’s favorite, is Ronald Koeman.