Ex-Brighton, Watford head coach Oscar Garcia approached over Barcelona role

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has met with Oscar Garcia over a potential role at Camp Nou.

Garcia started his playing career with Barcelona, progressing through the La Masia academy before making his first-team debut in 1993.

Before leaving the Catalan club in 1999, he had totalled 69 league appearances, scoring 21 goals, and winning four La Liga titles, as well as two UEFA Super Cups and the Cup Winner’s Cup. After ending his playing career in 2005, he went on to return to Barcelona as a coach of their youth teams, as well as joining the coaching staff of Johan Cruyff’s Catalonia national team.

He undertook his first role as a permanent head coach in 2012, signing with Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, leading them to their first league title in 10 years, before stepping down at the end of the campaign. The following season saw him take charge of Championship side Brighton, whom he led to the Play-Off Semi-Finals, before leaving at the close of the campaign to re-sign with Maccabi.

However, he left the club for the second time in September 2014 to return to the Championship, replacing Beppe Sannino as Watford head coach, having also been approached by Leeds as the successor to Dave Hockaday.

His spell with the Hornets lasted just 27 days, as he had to step down following health problems, and he turned down offers to return to the game immediately following his scare.

Despite this, it appears as if he could be set for a sensational return to the club of his youth, with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu meeting with the 41-year-old over taking one of the under-pressure jobs at Camp Nou. Current head coach Luis Enrique looks likely to lose his job in the coming weeks, whilst the club are also looking for a new sporting director following the resignation of club legend Carlos Puyol.

Sport are reporting the story, and, although there is no indication about which job he has been approached for, the report suggests that it is likely to do with the restructuring of the sports club management, with director of football Andoni Zubizarreta also leaving the club in their current state of mess.

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