XAVI is tipped to beat Mauricio Pochettino to the Barcelona job after Quique Setien's eighth-month reign was doomed by Bayern Munich's 8-2 romp.
Having seen Real Madrid overhaul them post-lockdown to regain the LaLiga crown, Barca were crushed in the Champions League quarter-finals, conceding five goals in the competition for the first time ever.Al Sadd SC manager Xavi won LaLiga eight times and the Champions League on four occasions as a Barcelona midfield masterCredit: Getty - ContributorEx-Real Betis boss Quique Setien has a look that says the game is up for his short stint in charge of BarcelonaCredit: Getty Images - GettyArgentinian Mauricio Pochettino is second favourite for the Barcelona job, having been out of work since Tottenham sacked him last November Credit: Reuters
Setien's face afterwards was more resigned to his fate than his team had been to theirs on the pitch when they surrendered pitifully.
And the 13/8 bookies' favourite to replace him is Nou Camp tiki-taka legend Xavi, now boss of Qatari club Al Sadd SC after winning 133 Spain caps as a masterful midfielder.
Former Tottenham manager Pochettino is 10/3, with ex-PSG chief Laurent Blanc 9/2 and Barca academy director Patrick Kluivert fourth favourite on 5-1.
Further down the list come Leeds' Championship winning boss Marcelo Bielsa at 14/1 and 33/1 shot Pep Guardiola.
Former Barca and Bayern chief Guardiola has been most strongly been linked with Juventus.
But he is expected to stay in charge of Manchester City, especially after they won their appeal against a Euro ban.
A Paddy Power spokesman said: “Supporters will be ‘Bayern’ for blood after the dismal showing by Setien’s team in the Champions League – and the failure to land the La Liga title will hardly help.
“Xavi has long been linked with the role, and is our favourite to take it, but they don’t mind a left-field appointment in Barcelona.”
ODDS FOR NEXT BARCELONA MANAGER: 13/8 Xavi Hernandez, 10/3 Mauricio Pochettino, 9/2 Laurent Blanc, 5/1 Patrick Kluivert, 11/2 Javier Garcia Pimienta, 13/2Ronald Koeman, 15/2 Maurizio Sarri, 8/1 Marcelo Galladro, 14/1 Marcelo Bielsa, 16/1 Jordi Cruyff.
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