It's still impossible to know whether or not Luis Enrique will continue as Barcelona manager next season. According to reports in Spain, he was offered a new contract by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu earlier this season, but is yet to respond to the offer. Enrique is struggling to make his decision, but it is fair to assume he won't be Barça boss next season, even if he does finish this one with a Treble, which is still possible.
While Enrique keeps mulling over his decision, it'd be wise for the club to probably start looking for a replacement. After all, it's already February and something needs to be set if Lucho does leave. Lots of names have been already linked: Enrique's assistant and former Barça goalkeeper Juan Carlos Unzué; Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli, the people's champion; Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, the nerd's choice; and Real Sociedad and former Barça B manager Eusebio Sacristán.
But no name has been linked as often and as strongly as the one of Everton manager and Barcelona legend, Ronald Koeman, and that's happened again this week. Koeman was one of the best defenders of all time and made a mark at Barça, winning the first European Cup in the club's history with that unforgettable free kick in extra time against Sampdoria at Wembley, 25 years ago.
After finishing his career, Koeman became a coach and landed his first high-profile job in the Premier League, as manager of Southampton. In two seasons with the Saints, Koeman did a wonderful work, developing young players coming out of the club's fantastic academy and qualifying for the Europa League last season with a sixth place finish, the best in the Saints' history.
Koeman then moved on to Everton this season, and after a tough first few months on the job, Ronald has turned the Toffees into a very good team, and if you don't count the Premier League Top 6 (Chelsea, Totenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United), Everton are the leaders of the non-rich Premier League. Koeman is known for his tactical innovation, constantly changing formations according to the opponent and always having his teams play on the front foot, with high pressure and possession play.
Koeman's Everton is a little bit more of a direct team in comparison to Southampton, especially against the big teams, but it's nothing too different than what we've gotten from Luis Enrique during his three seasons in charge.
It wouldn't be bad to have a Barça legend as manager, especially one that has been preparing to be a good football coach and is certainly respect by everyone at the club to this day. It'd be a little bit of a gamble to take someone who's not managed a giant club yet, but we did sign Luis Enrique from Celta Vigo, and we did sign Pep Guardiola after a season at Barça B, and we know how things went for both of them.
What do you think of Koeman?