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Barcelona have a four-man shortlist to replace Xavi - report

Backup plans have been drafted

Girona FC v Getafe CF - LaLiga Santander Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

FC Barcelona have drawn up a four-man shortlist to replace Xavi as manager, should the latter leave or be sacked, according to the latest rumors.

While Barcelona have not had a great season so far, they are alive in all competitions, and it’s understood that club president Joan Laporta still backs Xavi to continue.

Still, the blaugrana are starting to look at other options if something changes.

Michel Sánchez, Imanol Alguacil, Thiago Motta, and Rafael Márquez are the four men said to be on the list.

Michel, who manages Girona FC, has drawn plaudits for taking a minnow to the top of La Liga, and of course, their victory over Barcelona drew comparisons to the job being done by Xavi. It’s understood Barcelona has been in touch with his agent to let him know they are interested.

Alguacil is another La Liga manager who is doing well. His Real Sociedad are sixth, and he’s practically an institution at that club. He was a youth player, a senior player, a youth coach, a B team assistant, a B team coach, and a first team assistant before becoming first team manager 5 years ago.

Motta is a former Barcelona player who has a few years’ experience managing some smaller teams in Serie A. But with Bologna, he’s shown his worth and has I Rossoblù up to fifth in the table.

All three managers would be unlikely to leave in the middle of the season. And in the case of Michel, it’s practically impossible. That would suggest Barcelona is not looking for an immediate replacement for Xavi, but perhaps they are going to weigh their options at the end of the season.

Márquez would be the best-placed to take over immediately, as he currently manages Barcelona Atlètic. He would be the natural substitute if Xavi were replaced prior to the end of the season.

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