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Former Everton coach promoted as a shock substitute for Barcelona coach

Former Everton boss proposed as shock candidate for Ronald Koeman's replacement

Koeman’s position almost untenable as the sack looms

Despite remaining undefeated in the first weeks of the 2021-22 La Liga season, the Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is already under fire from its critics and large swaths of the Blaugrana fanbase after the Catalan giants were already five points behind their staunch rival, Real Madrid.

Although Barça have a game in hand over the capital team, a frustrating 1-1 draw at home against Granada’s bottom third last night exacerbated a less than ideal situation this season following the departure of Lionel Messi and massive financial worries.

The current situation at Camp Nou is rapidly rushing towards the former Dutch icon to face dismissal as Barcelona are not just struggling to perform, but they are dealing with issues related to their identity.

As it stands, the club has already started to sound out possible replacements for the Zaandam native, and the list is rumored to include the likes of Antonio Conte and current Ajax Amsterdam coach Erik ten Hag.

Roberto Martínez in the preselection of Barcelona

In a surprising inclusion, current Belgian coach and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has emerged as one of the top five names believed to be considering the club’s hierarchy.

Former Everton boss proposed as shock candidate for Ronald Koeman's replacement

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – MARCH 25: Head Coach / Manager of Belgium Roberto Martinez looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group H Qualifier match between Belgium and Greece at Stade Roi Baudouis on March 25, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images)

Martinez, who has helped establish Belgium as one of the dominant powers in Europe since he took over at the King Baudouin Stadium in 2016, which included his best World Cup result (third) in Russia 2018, is a name. that President Joan Laporte is says to be interested.

Acquiring the former manager of Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Everton will be tricky, however, with Belgium at the center of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in Qatar seeing them comfortably atop Group E and 9 points for ahead of the Czech Republic. and Wales.

Despite his excellent record with the Red Devils (50-9-5), a job the size of Barcelona would be gigantic compared to any other job at the club he has had previously.

Certainly, while his record at Everton was credible and included a top-five in his first season at Goodison Park, successive performances in the bottom half (11th) in his other two years in charge at Merseyside are hardly on the level of Barcelona.

As Koeman can attest, the management of the club is a completely different animal to the international game, and it is not known if Barça, if they named Martínez, would be pointing to a similar error.

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