It has been reported in Spain that Barcelona will approach Jurgen Kopp to replace Gerardo Martino this summer.
According to Sport.es Martino will leave Camp Nou after the season despite signing a two-year contract upon his appoint last year.
The contract reportedly contains a clause which would allow both sides to break the terms of the agreement. Martino is reportedly uncomfortable with the pressure at Barcelona and could take over as Argentina coach after the World Cup.
The club also seem to lose faith in ‘Tata’ Martino after Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League and have the La Liga title race out of their hands.
Among the names put forward as successors are Luis Enrique, Diego Simeone and Jurgen Klopp, all names to have made the shortlist.
The decision on a new coach could also be a decision towards a new style-of-play after it seems that opponents have found an answer to Barcelona’s famous tiki-taka.
Particularly Klopp and Simeone are well-known for their counter-attacking style which requires a lot of running from their players.
The Barcelona board are said to most desire a motivator and are impressed that Klopp’s side could conquer Europe and are likely to finish second in the Bundesliga despite half of his starting XI being injured through long parts of the season.
Klopp has led Dortmund to two domestic doubles and into the 2012 Champions League final, which helped the club to re-establish themselves as one of Europe’s top clubs.
He has recently extended his contract until 2018, but with Bayern seeming to be an unstoppable force in Germany, he may well be looking for a new task.
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