Roberto Martinez Might Be The Next Barcelona Coach – Daily Mail

As the pressure continues to grow on Ernesto Valverde, new reports suggest that Roberto Martinez may be a strong contender for the job at Camp Nou.

  • Barcelona board has called meetings to discuss Ernesto Valverde’s position
  • The meetings went on despite the Barcelona boss guiding his side to back-to-back La Liga titles
  • More pressure mounts on Valverde following Saturday’s Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia

Former Wigan and Everton coach Roberto Martinez has emereged as the shock favourite to replace Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona manager this summer.

According to reports, emergency meetings have been called to discuss Valverde’s position.

The meetings are holding, despite the Barcelona boss guiding his side to back-to-back La Liga titles.

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Even though Valverde’s Barcelona has maintained their dominance in th Spanish top flight, his downfall has been in Europe, where his side threw away two three-goal advantages in back-to-back Champions League campaigns to Roma and Liverpool.

Now according to Catalan radio station RAC1, Valverde is under growing pressure following Saturday’s Copa del Rey final defeat by Valencia.

Despite the club management publicly showing their support for Valverde after the Spanish Cup defeat, new reports now suggest that they are looking for someone who is tougher in training.

They are also looking for someone who is more daring when it comes to substitutions and want someone with a more attacking style of play.

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The former Everton and Wigan boss led his Belgian National side to a third-placed finish in last summer’s World Cup which has made an impression on many La Liga sides.

Martinez looks to be a good replacement as he has lost just three of his 35 games at the helm of the Belgium national side.

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