It is safe to say Gerardo Martino’s Barcelona reign has not gone according to plan.
Eliminated from the Champions League and with their La Liga hopes all but gone, the Spanish giants were hoping to restore a semblance of pride by beating fierce rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final. But a 2-1 loss leaves their season in tatters and Martino’s future one of much conjecture.
Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial has thrown a number of names into a hat and turned it into a story this weekend, with Frank de Boer and Michael Laudrup two of the coaches mentioned.
De Boer (along with Louis van Gaal) has strongly been tipped to replace Tim Sherwood at Tottenham Hotspur, while Laudrup’s stock has clearly not plummeted despite his departure from Swansea City earlier this season.
The latest report claims Laudrup “meets all the requirements”. It claims the ex-Swans manager “knows the taste of the Catalans and their understanding of football”.
It would be a swift turnaround for Laudrup, who reportedly turned down offers last summer to remain at the Liberty Stadium, only to see his previously succesful tenure come to a swift and unexpected end.
But whatever decision Barca ultimately make could also have a big impact on Spurs, for whom either de Boer or Laudrup would be an interesting and viable option if van Gaal does not make a move many are touting him for.