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Luis Enrique Is Leaving Barcelona, And The Odds On His Successor Make For Interesting Reading

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 25: Head coach Luis Enrique of FC Barcelona directs his players during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at Cornella-El Prat Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Luis Enrique has this evening confirmed that he will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season, and speculation has immediately turned to potential successors.

The Catalan giants boast the most potent attack in world football at present, and it would be a dream job for most managers in the sport.

Barca have been described as a family club, and it is likely that the selected manager will have had some prior experience at Camp Nou.

Bookmakers Paddy Power have released odds for the potential successors.

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Jorge Sampaoli, current Sevilla boss, heads the market at 3/1. Having captured the Europa League last year, the Argentinian has overseen a remarkable run of form this season which sees the La Liga outfit flying high both in Europe and domestically.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is ranked as second favourite, while Pep Guardiola could be tempted to leave Manchester City to return to his former stomping ground.

Other candidates of note include Xavi Hernandez, Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone and Jurgen Klopp.

Barca are as good as eliminated in this season’s Champions League, trailing PSG 4-0 on aggregate ahead of the second leg. Meanwhile, Real Madrid continue as favourites in La Liga, with two games in hand on their great rivals.

Author: The PA Team

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