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Barcelona Line Up Ernesto Valverde’s Replacement

valverde Barcelona Manager

Barcelona are reportedly keen on hiring River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo to replace Ernesto Valverde, should they decide to sack the struggling Spaniard.

The Nou Camp giants have won back-to-back league titles but have started the season badly, and fans have not been happy with the team’s performances.

There is no suggestion that Valverde will be sacked yet, but it has been reported that Barcelona are lining up a replacement should they decide to wield the axe.

NT Sports report that River Plate boss Gallardo is top of their list, following a trophy-laden five-year spell in South America.

Barca would hope that the lure of European football and one of the world’s biggest clubs could entice Gallardo, who is currently defending the Copa Libertadores with River Plate.

Last week, his side beat Diego Maradona’s Gimnasia La Plata in the league, but they do only sit seventh in the Superliga table, below the likes of Boca Juniors.

Boca are their opponents in the semi-finals of South America’s biggest club competition, following on from their headline-making clashes last season.

River won the first leg 2-0 earlier this week, and preparations are now underway for the huge second leg away from home on October 23.

Barcelona have previously hired a coach straight from Argentina in the past, when they brought Gerardo Martino over from Newell’s Old Boys.

The 56-year-old lasted just one year after arriving in 2013, losing out on the La Liga title to Atletico Madrid on the final day of the season.