The Argentine coach is a bet of President Bartomeu and also has the approval of the sports management and a significant part of the heavyweights of the locker room.
Barça received a negative response from Xavi Hernández this Sunday to take over the team immediately. The club, however, are still looking for a replacement for Ernesto Valverde and already have a name in the pole position .
This is Mauricio Pochettino, a 47-year-old Argentine coach currently without a team, after coaching Tottenham for the last five years. Pochettino is President Bartomeu’s strongest bet, and considers him one of the top five coaches in the world right now. The sports management also considers him ready.
He is able to lead the team , shake it to deal with this final stretch, and is able to reverse the negative dynamics. Also, a significant portion of the locker room heavyweights are welcoming their arrival.
Pochettino should also upset the opinion of fans, reminding him of statements against Barça a couple of years ago.
I will never be coach of Barça or Arsenal, because I am very close to Espanyol and Tottenham. I prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than to train certain clubs
– Mauricio Pochettino
In Espanyol, the Argentinian played a total of 320 games in two different stages between 1994 and 2006. In addition, he won two Copa del Rey. Then he returned as a coach to debut on the bench (2009-2012). As Tottenham manager, he qualified for the Champions League final last season .