Koeman fuels Barca Speculation

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has cast doubts over his future after admitting he 'dreams' of managing Barcelona. Luis Enrique has already announced he will be standing down as Barca boss in the summer meaning that there is a vacancy opening up at the Camp Nou.

The Dutchman played for Barcelona for six years, during which he helped the club win it's first European Cup in 1992. He has been amongst those suggested as a potential successor and in an interview with Catalan-based newspaper Sport, Koeman stated:

"I feel flattered and I like that they think about me. Everyone knows I'm Barca, they know my love for the club where I grew up as a player and a person.

"In my life as a professional coach, I have two dreams to fulfil. One, to coach my national team, Holland. I could have done it but my obligation to Everton prevented me. My other wish, my other dream, is to one day coach Barca. That's the truth."

These comments will only serve to increase the speculation that Koeman could be prepared to walk away from Goodison Park after just one season having only joined Everton from Southampton last season. The Toffees have enjoyed a good first season under his command, having already secured European football for next season and could still finish above Manchester United and Arsenal.

Koeman's hopes of taking the managerial hotseat at his former club however are not looking overly promising if the bookies are to be believed. At present, the 54-year-old is a best price of 14/1 with BetVictor to take over from Enrique. That sees him as just the fourth favourite and priced some way behind the current front runner Ernesto Valverde. Valverde is currently in charge of Athletic Bilbao and has previously managed Valencia and Greek giants Olympiakos. Like Koeman, he is a former Barcelona player and is currently odds-on to make a return to the Camp Nou as manager. 

Juan Carlos Unzue is the current second favourite and is reportedly the choice of many of the senior players to take over. He has been a long-term servant on the Barcelona coaching staff and is currently Luis Enrqiue's assistant. In the past Barcelona have previously promoted coaches from within so they could do the same once again. Whilst Valverde is the clear favourite, Unzue is available at 4/1 with bet365

Laurent Blanc is currently the other man ahead of Koeman and is yet another Barcelona player in the mix. Blanc spent the 1996-97 season with the club and has enjoyed managerial success at Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux. He left PSG at the end of last season after three years in charge, during which time he won three successive French league titles. However he parted company with the Parisians last summer with the club once again failing to make significant progress in the Champions League. 

Written By:- Dean McHugh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 04/05/2017 - 14:00 PM
Filed in:- Football Betting News, Everton

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