Barcelona President Joan Laporta Picks New Manager To Replace Koeman

Barcelona president Joan Laporta will reportedly sack manager Ronald Koeman at the end of the season.

The Catalan giants have failed to win their last three league games, drawing with league leaders Atletico Madrid and Levante, before being defeated 2-1 by Celta Vigo on Sunday.

That poor run of results means the Nou Camp side now sit seven points behind Atletico and five behind Real Madrid.

And now Spanish outlet Sport claim that Koeman is set to be sacked, with former player Xavi named as the man Laporta wants in charge of Barcelona next season.

It is claimed that the former midfielder is viewed as the ideal replacement because of his history with the club and knowledge of their style of play.

The report also notes that Xavi ‘was always considered the heir to Pep Guardiola' both as a player and now as a manager.

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Laporta is said to view Koeman as ‘another president's coach' and he wants to put his own stamp on the club by replacing him.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago

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