Imanol Alguacil, Míchel, Thiago Motta and Rafa Márquez, possible substitutes for Xavi Hernández at Barça


Who will be the new Barça coach? The possible substitutes for Xavi Hernández

Published:28/01/2024 - 09:01h

Updated:28/01/2024 - 14:35h

The imminent departure of Xavi Hernández from the FC Barcelona bench gives the green light to the culé board to look for a coach for next season. With little money to sign, there are several 'low cost' alternatives that the market offers

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The decision of Xavi Hernández to ratify his exit of the FC Barcelona in June, once finalise the season, opens officially the casting of trainers for the Barcelona bench. The financial problems of the club force, to the equal that sucede to the hour to look for reinforcements for the staff, to bet by options 'low cost', with technicians that can negotiate in quality of free agents or, in his defect, with next agreements to win and by wages relatively low.

In this sense, are varied the options that the club has on the table, although several tornan complicated, precisely, by the subject salarial. In principle, it will be difficult that the Barça invest more than 4 or 5 million euros in the wage of his next trainer, since the 'Fair Play' of LaLiga will not give margin for much more if the club closes the season with a negative balance in the sportive. Further of this factor, to continuation review some of the feasible alternatives to occupy the bench culé next summer.

Thiago Motta

The current trainer of the Bolonia is signing a very good season with the Italian group, which leaves seventh in the Series To to alone three points of the zone Champions. Besides, his Barcelona past (played in the Barça between 2001 and 2007) turns him into one of the options preferred of Joan Laporta, since his agent, Jorge Mendes, would facilitate the negotiation with the ex international Italian.

Rafa Márquez

The trainer of the Barça Atlètic has sounded like the first option to replace to Xavi Hernández from does a pair of months. However, his scarce experience in the benches turns him into a solution of emergency, more no on a long-term basis in the plans of the directive. Still like this, the Mexican technician left clear the Saturday that, if the opportunity presents , will not doubt in assuming the challenge with the first Barcelona team.

Julen Lopetegui

The ex trainer of the Spanish Selection and of the Real Madrid is another of the ténicos handled by Jorge Mendes that they could arrive to the Barcelona bench. Although his past madridista does not convince to the majority, treats of a technician that knows well to the club (also played in the Barça) and that it could sign to 'cost zero', as it is without team from his exit of the Wolverhampton.

Imanol Bailiff

The Basque trainer has done a big work in the Real Sociedad from the summer of 2018, carrying to the group donostiarra to win the Glass of the King in 2021 and to advance to the eighth of final of the Champions this season. His name already was in the orbit culé after the exit of Ronald Koeman and, although has agreement with the Gipuzkoan until 2025, the directive already would have contacted him from does a pair of weeks.

Mikel Arteta

It is a trainer that likes a lot in the surroundings culé, since it knows well the Barcelona philosophy after his experience like assistant of Pep Guardiola in the Manchester City. Although has agreement with the Arsenal until 2025, the Spanish technician can agree his desvinculación of the 'gunners' if it closes the season without titles, a factor that would clear the way to negotiate with the culés.


The technician of the moment in LaLiga thanks to his 'temporadón' with the Girona also is very very ponderado by the Barcelona directive. However, his past madridista and the have agreement with the group 'albirrojo' until 2026 complicate his arrival, in addition to his invalid experience at the head of a 'big' European. And it is that, further of the financial problems, the club prioritises fichar to a technician with experience to go out of the crisis.

Hansi Flick

The ex technician of the Bayern Munich and of the German selection is free after his failure at the head of the 'mannschaft'. Nevertheless, the negotiation with the trainer Teutonic luce complicated by the economic factor, in addition to treating of a trainer with invalid experience out of his country.

Joachim Löw

The another ex seleccionador German, champion of the world in 2014, follows moved away of the benches from his goodbye to the German selection in 2021. By experience treats of a very interesting technician, although in clubs his attainments reduce to a pair of titles with the Stuttgart and the Innsbruck does more than two decades. The past year sounded like possible seleccionador Turkish, something that finally did not concretise .

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