Barcelona 'speak to Roberto Martinez' about Nou Camp job

Barcelona ‘make contact with Belgium manager Roberto Martinez over Nou Camp job’ as the Catalan giants ‘prepare to sack under-fire Ronald Koeman’ after rocky start to the season

  • Barcelona are reportedly preparing to sack current manager Ronald Koeman
  • The Catalan giants have endured a frustrating start to the new campaign 
  • President Joan Laporta is a big fan of current Belgium boss Roberto Martinez 
  • Barcelona have reportedly made contact with Martinez about the manager’s job 

Barcelona have reportedly made contact with Roberto Martinez as they prepare to sack current manager Ronald Koeman.

The Catalan giants have had a disappointing start to the season as they sit seven points behind rivals Real Madrid in LaLiga and suffered a hefty 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in their first Champions League outing.

Things got worse for the under-fire manager during their goalless draw with Cadiz on Thursday, after he was sent to the stands for venting his anger at the referee’s decision to give Sergio Busquets a yellow card.

Barcelona are reportedly eyeing up Roberto Martinez to replace Ronald Koeman as manager

Now as reported by Goal, Barcelona have spoken to Martinez about the managerial position after deciding that they eventually want to part ways with Koeman.

The Spaniard has been out of club management since he was sacked by Everton in May 2016.

Since then he has managed Belgium who he guided to a third place finish at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Ronald Koeman is under pressure and Barcelona could be set to part ways with the Dutchman

Joan Laporta was interested in Martinez before he was appointed as club president in March

It’s said that Martinez has been considered as a potential future manager at the Nou Camp by president Joan Laporta even before he was appointed back to the Barcelona board in March. 

The club’s executives have told Martinez that he is their number one choice to replace Koeman.

Martinez is from Catalunya and has close links with Barcelona as he and Jordi Cruyff, son of club legend Johan, are godparents to each other’s children.

The 48-year-old intends to stay in charge of Belgium until the UEFA Nations League finals which take place next month as he seeks to win his first trophy as international manager.

Barcelona are said to be willing to wait until after the Nations League which will conclude on October 10.

Martinez is keen to win the Nations League with Belgium during the next international break

Koeman joined the Catalan side in a difficult period with off-field financial issues affecting the club which led to the departure of club legend Lionel Messi.

Barcelona sit seven points behind Real Madrid on nine points although they do have a game in hand. 

Speaking after the game, against Cadiz, a furious Koeman said: ‘One of the problems is in Spain they send you off for nothing. They don’t say why, they just say attitude. Everyone saw the moment there was a second ball on the pitch. Everyone has to see that.

‘I am strong of course. I can’t win the battle with the press. I will put my energy into the team and with the players.

‘I still see a fantastic attitude of the players and for me that is most important. I can’t stop what the press are writing. We have to continue, that is my job.’

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