Spain national team coach Luis Enrique has been backed to take over Barcelona should they decide to send Ronald Koeman home.
Koeman's future at Camp Nou has been a subject of speculation since last year and with the club yet to hand him a new deal, reports from Spain indicate that the club's hierarchy is already looking for a possible replacement for the Dutchman.
According to journalist Sique Rodriguez on La Porteria TV, Enrique remains a top candidate for the managerial post should he discontinue from the Spanish national team.
“If Luis Enrique did not continue with Spain, I think he would be the number one candidate to be the manager of Barcelona,” Rodriguez said.
The 51-year-old is a revered figure at Barcelona due to his ties with the club as a player and then a manager. Enrique spent three years in charge at Camp Nou between 2014 and 2017 and went on to win nine trophies during that stint, including the historic treble in the 2014/15 campaign.
Koeman’s tactics, team selections his treatment of some of Barcelona’s academy graduates like Riqui Puig and Alex Collado have made him an unpopular figure among some sections of the supporters according to reports.
And with the Copa Del Roy trophy being his only positive since he took over, its a matter of time before the former Everton man is sent home.