The defeat to Valencia in Copa Del Rey was the final in the coffin of Valverde’s time at Nou Camp.
Barcelona’s capitulation to Liverpool in the Champions League and loss to Valencia in the Copa del Rey is set to cost Ernesto Valverde his job with his sacking to be confirmed on Tuesday, according to reports in Spain.
At the beginning of this season Lionel Messi told fans that European gold was their main aim for the season and at one point it looked like they would be getting another treble, that was until Liveprool’s remarkable comeback in the semi-final.
The Copa del Rey was meant to be some cause for comfort and a domestic double would have made the season decent enough. That was until they lost the final to Valencia on Saturday.
Those two defeats in cups have left Ernesto Valverde on thin ice and according to Spanish outlet RAC1 he is due to be sacked on Tuesday. It seems Barcelona have already made a three man list to replace Ernesto Valverde.
The shortlist for Valverde’s replacements has now been narrowed to three men. Roberto Martinez, Massimiliano Allegri and Ronald Koeman are those names which have been linked with a job at Barcelona in the recent weeks, and the Belgium manager’s rumour has only developed over the last few hours.
Max Allegri has already overseen his last game as a Juventus manager, but with his defensive tactics, Barcelona would not be a great team to manage.
Looking at the previous manager of Barcelona, the Catalan giants prefer appointing managers who have played at the Camp Nou before and therefore have a perfect understanding of the game. Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde are practical examples of the same so all signs point to Ronald Koeman’s appointment keeping in mind Barca’s ritual.
The Catalans would be more than aware of that while Roberto Martinez’s attacking flamboyant style of football is similar to what Spanish teams usually do and thus, he could make his system work at Barca as well.
Barcelona should take their time in deciding on who their next manager should be. Ronaldo Koeman may know the ethos of Barcelona but it remains a doubt whether he will successful in handling big personalities and would he give up his post of Dutch national team.