Number Two: Ronald Koeman, Everton
Ronald Koeman fits the Barcelona mould of previous players- turned managers approach. Much like Luis Enrique, Koeman spent many years playing for Barcelona. It’s widely reported that Barcelona want him back at the Camp Nou as manager.
The Dutch coach is turning Everton into a top six-seventh team in the Premier League. He has managed to get the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley firing while he’s made smart acquisitions such as Ademola Lookman, Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin.
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The Dutchman would also join the likes of Johan Cruyff, Frank Rijkaard and Louis van Gaal as a Dutch manager in charge of Barcelona.
Koeman has managed superstars too. He has managed to control the egos of various players such as Ibrahimovic at Ajax.
The 53-year-old has had an astounding managerial career given his age. He has won titles at Ajax, Benfica, PSV, . He also turned Southampton into a top tier Premier League team before departing for Everton.
The Dutch maestro also tries to get his team playing attacking football with the likes of Southampton and Everton notably. While Luis Enrique can be credited with changing the Barcelona tactics into more counter-attacking, Koeman has changed how Everton play. They have been playing high intensity possession based football which has produced goals for the Merseyside club.
It’s thought he’s one of the leading candidates for the job should Luis Enrique leave or is sacked. It’s not hard to imagine Koeman returning to his former club where he played and won so many trophies.