For the Spanish media, the departure of Ronald Koeman from Barcelona is imminent, based on the bad results that the team has been reaping, especially in the Champions League. And from that situation, the name of Marcelo Gallardo sounded again on the Catalan team’s radar as a possible successor to the Dutch coach.
“In the list of names on the table of the president culé Joan Laporta appears the Argentine Marcelo Gallardo, along with those of Xavi Hernández and Roberto Martínez”, highlighted the Catalan newspaper Sports world that follows the daily life of Barcelona, in information that had also circulated in the program The Mon of the chain RAC1. The current River coach “is not the first time that he sounds like a possible Barça coach,” recalled the Catalan sports newspaper.
In that sense, the name of Gallardo had circulated among the candidates to the Barcelona bench at the beginning of 2020, when the club dismissed Ernesto Valverde. However, the chosen one was finally Quique Setién.
The bad present of Barcelona and the defeat by a 3-0 defeat against Benfica in the European Champions League led to long meetings between the leaders of Barcelona in the last hours to discuss the eventual departure of Koeman. Even the Dutch coach himself sowed doubts about his continuity at the club after the fall in Lisbon. “I feel supported by the players and by my work, but for the rest I do not know,” said Koeman, who last week had asked for express support from fans and club officials in a statement he read at a press conference in the who did not accept questions from journalists.
Gallardo’s situation in River must be defined in December, when the current bond expires. In that sense, the coach will also wait for the result of the elections, since on that date the term of President Rodolfo D’Onofrio ends.