Barcelona chief Joan Laporta ‘chooses Erik Ten Hag’ to replace Ronald Koeman as manager

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Barcelona chief Joan Laporta personally wants Erik Ten Hag to replace Ronald Koeman as manager, reports say. It’s been a nightmare start to the campaign for the Catalan giants. And another defeat against Atletico Madrid tonight would worsen the situation at the club.

Barcelona lost Lionel Messi back in the summer transfer window, with the veteran embarking on a new adventure with Paris Saint-Germain.

And they also saw Antoine Griezmann depart, with the Catalan titans allowing him to return to Atletico Madrid on loan.

In the time since, however, Barcelona’s weaknesses have been exposed.

Koeman is now fighting to keep his job as a result, with reports gathering momentum that he’ll soon be sacked.

Earlier in the week, it emerged Barcelona had interest in the likes of Robert Martinez , Andrea Pirlo, Xavi Hernandez and Marcelo Gallardo when it comes to hiring a successor.

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But Catalunya Radio have now claimed Laporta personally wants Ten Hag.

It’s claimed he’s now the ‘favourite’ to take over, having done well at Ajax in recent years.

The Dutchman steered them to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019, where they were eventually beaten by Tottenham.

And after almost a decade on the bench, having previously worked at Bayern Munich, Ten Hag is admired for his experience.

Laporta sees him as the ideal candidate, believing he’s got what it takes to lead this Barcelona project at the current moment in time.


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And whether Barcelona are able to acquire his services, with things under Koeman worsening, remains to be seen.

Koeman came out fighting on Friday, insisting he’s ‘fed up’ of having to defend himself.

“Nobody has said anything to me,” he said when asked about his future.

“The president [Joan Laporta] was here but I haven’t seen him because we were preparing for tomorrow’s game.

“I am still here, but I have eyes and ears and a lot of things filter through.

“I am fed up of having to defend myself. It makes no sense. Today is not the time, but one day I would like to talk all about what I think of all this.”

Koeman then insisted he wasn’t the most important thing at Barcelona, insisting results are what matters more.

“I am not the most important,” he said. “A positive result is more important than one person.

“Everyone knows I am here out of love for the club. I came in a very complicated situation.”

Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong, meanwhile, thinks sacking Koeman isn’t the answer to the club’s problems.

“I can’t talk about Koeman, it’s not for me to say,” said the Netherlands international.

“I don’t think changing the coach can solve anything.

“We are trying everything, working hard in training, we are trying our best on the field but today was not our day, that is clear.”

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