The mutual decision of Barcelona and manager Luis Enrique to part ways has opened up a golden opportunity for a trio of top Premier League coaches.
For fans and club owners alike it is the stuff of nightmares. When Barcelona or Real Madrid have a managerial opening no club’s manager is safe. They are the most coveted manager roles in world soccer and when the Spanish giants come calling, they usually get their man.
The role of Barcelona manager is an honor in itself but its current appeal is only increased with a squad containing such talent as Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Iniesta and Pique. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how a few tweaks and additions could set Barcelona back to the form that allowed them to win a treble and a double in the last two seasons.
Since the news broke the rumor mill has gone up to full speed and London bookmakers have placed three Premier League managers in the top five contenders for the role:
They are taking bets on Everton’s Ronald Koeman, Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger as potential candidates. But what is the likelihood that they will pounce on a manager from England’s top division? Could these coaches be tempted to leave their current situations? What kind of fight would their clubs put up to keep them? Let’s take a look at each: