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          3. Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup is another former Barcelona player, who was apart of Johan Cruyff’s dream team along with Ronald Koeman. He was an intelligent midfielder during his playing days and was praised by Raul and Romario as the best player they have ever played with.

As a coach, he shares the same philosophy with his former bosses Cruyff and Martin Olsen. He emphasizes on using a short passing style and a free-flowing brand of football, which would perfectly suit Barcelona.

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After an elusive playing career where he spent time in clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Lazio, and Ajax, he started his managerial career in a Danish club Brondby. He returned to Spain after winning four titles with Brondby, taking over Getafe. His time in the Madrid based club was a tremendous success, where he sent them to the Copa del Rey final and quarter finals of UEFA Cup only to be knocked out in extra time by Bayern Munich.

The most memorable spell since departing Getafe for Laudrup has been the time in Swansea, where he took the Swans to the ninth place in the league while winning the Capital One Cup. After being sacked by the club, he was interested in succeeding Tata Martino in Barcelona but lost out the job to Luis Enrique. He was also rumored to be replacing Andoni Zubizarreta as a sporting director of the club in 2015.

Although he isn’t one of the favorites for Barca job this time around, the 52-year-old Dane knows all about his former club and has enough tactical abilities to take over. He has been in Qatar for the past two years but can be persuaded back into Europe if the offer and timing is right.