Koeman linked with Barcelona return

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is amongst the early favourites to be the next boss of Barcelona as the pressure grows on current incumbent Luis Enrique.

Enrique saw his side – who were favourites for the Champions League ahead of their game with Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday – humbled 4-0 in the Parc Des Princes.

They are now set to go out of Europe, and with Real Madrid currently leading in La Liga – Enrique’s future is far from certain. His current deal is due to expire in the summer and it looks like he will be leaving come the end of the season.

We spoke with Bleacher Report UK’s Football Insider Dean Jones for his take on the Enrique situation, and he told TheGamblingTimes.com: “It is difficult to find many reasons why Enrique should keep his job.

“It’s not the fact they lost 4-0 to PSG, it’s a defeat like that had been coming. There have been warning signs and that defeat was the humiliating end result.”

“It is difficult to find many reasons why Enrique should keep his job”

A host of names are already being linked but leading the way at 2/1 is Sevilla’s Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli – but Everton’s boss Koeman – a Barca legend as a player – is also very short in the betting at 5/1.

BetVictor’s Head of Ante Post Football Michael Triffitt said:  “As always there are many possible candidates been touted to replace him. Many fans would be happy to see Jorge Sampaoli given the role and he is 2/1 favourite in our market. The Argentine is fast becoming one of the most respected managers in world football after improving Sevilla.

Current assistant manager Juan Carlos Unzue may be considered but is a 12/1 shot. Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel has been linked with Arsenal and will be mentioned for Barcelona and is 8/1.

“Current Everton boss Ronald Koeman is 4/1 after been popular previously.  This A fascinating market with many potential names floating about.”

Next permanent Barcelona boss odds with BetVictor:
Jorge Sampaoli 2/1
Frank Rijkaard 4/1
Ernesto Valverde 4/1
Ronald Koeman 5/1
Oscar Garcia 6/1
Thomas Tuchel 12/1
Frank De Boer 12/1
Pep Guardiola 12/1
Juan Carlos Unzue 14/1
Unai Emery 14/1
Eusebio Sacristan 14/1
Mauricio Pochettino 14/1
Gerard Lopez 16/1
Xavi Hernandez 25/1
Carles Puyol 25/1
Joachim Lowe 25/1
Jurgen Klopp 25/1
Laurent Blanc 25/1
Albert Ferrer 33/1
Arsene Wenger 33/1
Diego Simone 33/1
Jurgen Klinsmann 33/1
Marcelo Bielsa 33/1
Michael Laudrup 33/1
Rafa Benitez 33/1
Roberto Martinez 33/1
Cesare Prandelli 33/1
Fabio Capella 33/1
Luciano Spalletti 33/1
Patrick Kluivert 33/1
Roberto Mancini 33/1
Vitor Pereira 33/1
David Moyes 33/1
Dragan Stojkovic 33/1
Louis van Gaal 33/1
Roy Keane 33/1
Sven Goran Eriksson 33/1
Thierry Henry 33/1

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