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Jul 22, 2013

Former Football Club Barcelona player and B team coach Luis Enrique is widely expected to replace Tito Vilanova as first team coach. Currently the Spaniard is managing La Liga side Celta de Vigo, and has a 3 million buy-out clause. Barca management is ready to buy him from Celta and the initial report is that the Celta may not oppose such a move. There are also rumours that current assistant coach, Joan Francesc Ferrer popularly known as Rubi may be allowed to join Celta in a deal. From Barca's footballing and management perspective, Luis Enrique presents a safe choice. The Spaniard was in charge of the Barca B time which won promotion to the second division, no mean task considering the age of our squad. His later stint at Roma wasn't successful; but there is no denial that he will be very comfortable in our way of playing and also the players. Already we are hearing that Jonathan Do Santos has asked his agent to put his transfer to Real Soceidad on hold Luis Enrique was his manager at Barca B.

There is no need to introduce Luis Enrique as a player to Barca fans. After playing at Real Madrid for 5 years, he stayed at Barca for eight years eventually becoming club captain. That shows how much Barca fans trust him and rates him. It's not only Luis Enrique who is pitted as the front runner to occupy the seat left vacant by Tito Vilanova. Another guy who is strongly linked to the job is Gerardo "Tata" Martino. Who is Tata Martino? He was the coach of the Argentinian League Champions Newell's Old Boys, Lionel Messi's old club. Why is he sounded out? Because he comes from the same Beisla style of coaching school, which has inspired Guardiola and eventually Barca to great success. He also has led Paraguay to last Copa America final with a perfect defensive display.

Then there are the usual suspects - Marcos Beisla, Rijkaard, De Boer, Heyness(not gonna happen as he has promised his wife "no coaching for one year") etc. Out of this the Beisla option excites me a lot. I always wanted to see how and what he does with our boys. People fear that the players will be burn out as the Athletic Bilbao did last two seasons. I doubt so, we have a more experienced squad to let that happen. But Biesla would be one heck of an option. Especially to get our pressing game back.

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