Barcelona fans have voted on who should replace current manager Ernesto Valverde and the results are very, very interesting.
Valverde was appointed Barcelona boss in May 2017 but reports suggest he won’t be in charge beyond this season.
He bagged a domestic double in his debut term though a host of names have been linked with the Camp Nou hot-seat.
We’re talking Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, Arsene Wenger, Laurent Blanc as well as former Barcelona player Thierry Henry, who’s struggling in France with AS Monaco, to name but a few.
But another ex-player is at the top of the list for Barcelona fans.
Well, that’s according to a poll ran by Spanish outlet Marca. They conducted a poll in which over 70,000 readers participated with Xavi recording 31% of the votes.
The Barcelona legend enjoyed 17 illustrious season’s at Barcelona, winning the lot and supporters want him to return to Catalonia in a management capacity.
Xavi wasn’t the only popular choice as Quique Setien received 30% of the votes. Setien is currently the Real Betis manager and he’s performed wonders.
The Spaniard is aware of the talks, admitting it’s flattering. “I have a contract with Betis, I’m doing really well here and we keep working hard with enthusiasm,” he said.
“[Barca links] flatter me but I would be flattered to be linked with any other team, because I am very respectful of every side.”
Here’s the full results from the poll:
Despite murmurs of Valverde being sacked from his post, Barcelona are top of La Liga and have booked a spot in the next round of the Champions League.
Will he still be there next season? Watch this space.