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Next Barcelona manager: Who replaces Luis Enrique? All the information you need on next Barcelona manager odds

Jonny Richardson in European 16 Mar 2017
Can Barcelona manager Luis Enrique cling on to his role at Camp Nou or will he be replaced in the near future?

New FC Barcelona manager: Luis Enrique is set to step down at the end of the season and Barcelona next manager odds give an indication of a number of candidates who can replace the departing Spaniard. Read our guide for all the essential Barcelona transfer news and Barcelona manager betting, right here.


Barcelona Manager Betting


In the last 25 years FC Barcelona have won 14 of their 24 Primera Liga championships and all five of their European Cup / Champions League trophies. There is always great speculation over their transfer news as their attraction as one of the premier clubs in modern football allows them to sign top talent like Neymar, while their La Masia academy continues to yield elite-level graduates. 

At the end of the 2016/2017 season though, the media and fan attention will not by focused on which players the club will buy or sell but, rather, who can potentially replace current boss Luis Enrique. The Spaniard has already announced he will step down at the end of the campaign as the club struggles to keep pace with Real Madrid in La Liga and look set to exit the Champions League following a 4-0 first leg defeat at the hands of PSG.

The question is - who will replace him?

Next Barcelona Manager Odds 


Despite Enrique presiding over a successful two year spell in Barcelona's history upon his appointment, this season has been a poor one and the club clearly feel it's time he was replaced - the question is who will be sat at in the dugout at Camp Nou come the start of the 2017/2018 season?

Although there's no clear favourite with the bookies at the moment, Jorge Sampaoli is the joint frontrunner. The Argentinian boss is currently leading Sevilla towards a mightily impressive top three finish in La Liga following two Copa America trophies in a four year spell with Chile. He's the early 5/2 favourites with bet365.

Available at the same odds as Sampaoli is Ernesto Valverde. The 53 year old is currently enjoying a second spell in charge of Athletico Bilbao, the club he enjoyed the majority of his playing career with, but he may be tempted by the glitz and glamour of one of the world's most attractive jobs. He led los Leones to their first major trophy in 31 years two seasons ago, as they hammered Barca 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Copa.

Elsewhere in the running, Arsene Wenger is priced at 8/1 as it seems likely he could leave Arsenal at the end of the season with Gunners fans losing patience with the Frenchman, whilst Ronald Koeman who is also currently managing in the Premier League with Everton is available at the same price. The Dutchman played 192 career games for Barca, winning four league titles and a European Cup.

For a full list of Barcelona manager odds with bet365 see our table below, together with our up-to-date Barcelona manager betting advice.

Next Barcelona manager odds with bet365

ManagerOdds with bet365
Jorge Sampaoli5/2
Ernesto Valverde5/2
Arsene Wenger8/1
Mauricio Pochettino8/1
Ronald Koeman8/1
Laurent Blanc12/1
Thomas Tuchel14/1
Massimiliano Allgeri20/1
Xavi Hernandez20/1
Unai Emery25/1
Eusebio Sacristan33/1



How To Bet On The Next Barcelona Manager


There are two candidates on that list that seem almost certs for future Barcelona managers: Ronald Koeman, who is developing a fine reputation in the Premier League but would jump at the change of a move to manage the club he was a legend with during his playing career, and another playing legend Xavi Hernandez, who is currently representing Qatari club Al Sadd.

Both are very likely to get a chance in the role in the next ten years. Barcelona, of course, have a history of handing prominent roles to their former players, with Rijkaard, Guardiola and Enrique the most obvious examples.

But who will be the next Barcelona manager? That is perhaps harder to call as a number of the major candidates in the table above have only recently been appointed in their new roles or are comfortable at their respective clubs. Koeman's first season at Everton has been solid if unspectacular and the Catalonians may be looking for someone more proven on the European stage.

A lot of the paper talk in Catalonia is linking Jorge Sampaoli with the vacant job - he plays with the style that Barca have developed in recent years and to a great degree of success in La Liga this term - but the politics at the club mean it's never that simple and some more established names may be interesting the powers that be.

To bet on the next Barcelona manager simply consult the table above to find who you think will be the ideal candidate to replace Enrique and under the section where it says 'Bet Now', simply click the link for Paddy Power.

Current Barcelona Manager 


Luis Enrique is contractually-bound to Camp Nou until 2017. (Getty)
Luis Enrique

A 46-year-old who crossed the Clasico divide as a player, Enrique competed as a midfielder/forward for five years at Real Madrid between 1991 and 1996 and then eight years for Barcelona, winning one La Liga championship with Los Blancos and two La Liga titles with the Blaugrana. As a manager he has been even more successful, enjoying a 40% win rate at Roma, but almost doubling that at Barcelona so far at 79%. 

Enrique signed a two year deal with Barcelona in 2014 after a personal recommendation from Andoni Zubizarreta. 

Enrique has overseen the development and debuts of a number of up-and-coming Barca stars like Ivan Rakitic, Munir El-Haddadi, Rafinha and Sandro Ramirez. He has led Barcelona to two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League. 

However, perhaps burnt-out by the high demands of such a job, Enrique has already agreed to step down from the position at the end of the season and take a break from football. Should his departure serve as a warning to potential incumbents that this job is hardly the easiest in football?

Club Status 


A truly modern super-club, Barcelona were founded in 1899 but only emerged at the top of the European pile in the early 1990s. What is unique about the Blaugrana is that the supporters own and operate the club in a scenario that has been hugely successful as the club are currently the second most valuable sports team in the world and the second richest football club in terms of revenue (annual turnover exceeding half a billion). 

The famous MSN partnership is one of the most ruthless partnerships in football. (Getty)
They also brag a collection of players considered to be the very best in their position, as well as superstars who have a commercial edge, like Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar. The club have even made measures to shore up their defensive line thanks to the acquisition of Samuel Umtiti. 

Barcelona have also enjoyed some truly elite-level footballers through the ages with the likes of Michael 'no look assist' Laudrup, prolific hitman Cesar Rodriguez, the ridiculously skilled Ronaldinho, the defensive pillar Ronald Koeman, Mr Barcelona Johan Cruyff, legendary captain Carles Puyol, midfield icon Pep Guardiola, Barca emblem Ladislao Kubala, Xavi and, again, Messi.

Barcelona have three main rivalries: a local one with Espanyol, the 'Derbi barceloni', which can be a heated affair that brings in politics and culture. Barca, though, dominate the fixture. 

Barcelona also have a national rivalry, the world renowned Clasico with Real Madrid that is arguably the most watched match-up in sports with 500 million people supposedly tuning in to watch 'the match of the century' in 2002. 

Further afield, Barcelona have built up a rivalry of sorts with AC Milan, a historical great club who have since seen a decline in standards. Games between Barcelona and AC Milan are the second most frequently played European match behind Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, in a fixture that, again, Barcelona are successful in with eight wins against five defeats. 

Barcelona play their home games at Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe witha match-day capacity of 99,354. Camp Nou has been Barcelona's home ground since 1957, it was expanded in 1982 and renovated in 1995 and then 2008. It has also hosted the 1982 FIFA World Cup semi-final, two UEFA Champions League finals and was the football site for the 1992 Summer Olympics. 

Personnel


Here is a brief list of the most prominent technical members of staff.

Main Coaching Staff

NameRole
Assistant ManagerJuan Carlos Unzue
Second ManagerRobert Moreno
Goalkeeping CoachJose Ramon de la Fuente
Head of International ScoutingAriedo Braida
Head of National ScoutingCarles Rexach
PsychologistJoaquin Valdes


Key Influences - who helps decide on the manager's future? 


The most influential board member is the club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Best Barcelona Managers


Barcelona have had some of the most renowned coaches in charge of the dugout.

Significant Previous Managers

NameTenure
Joan Gamper1902-1917
Ferdinand Daucik1950-1954
Helenio Herrera1958-1960
Terry Venebles1984-1987
Johan Cruyff1988-1996
Bobby Robson1996-1997
Frank Rijkaard2003-2008
Pep Guardiola2008-2012
Luis Enrique2014-present

Competitions won


One of the most successful clubs in history, a lot of Barcelona's achievements have arrived in the last quarter century.

Club Honours

TitleYear
La Liga1928-1929, 1944-1945, 1947-1948, 1948-1949, 1951-1952, 1952-1953, 1958-1959, 1959-1960, 1973-1974, 1984-1985, 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2004-2005, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
Copa del Rey1909-1910, 1911-1912, 1912-1913, 1919-1920, 1921-1922, 1924-1925, 1925-1926, 1927-1928, 1941-1942, 1950-1951, 1951-1952, 1956-1957, 1958-1959, 1962-1963, 1967-1968, 1970-1971, 1977-1978, 1980-1981, 1982-1983, 1987-1988, 1989-1990, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
European Cup / Champions League1991-1992, 2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2014-2015
UEFA Cup Winners Cup1978-1979, 1981-1982, 1988-1989, 1996-1997


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