Neymar Jr. has made his choice as to who should be the next manager of Barcelona clear to the club’s hierarchy.
Current manager Luis Enrique admitted that he needed a break from football, and announced that he would be stepping down from his post following the Catalan club’s 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 first-leg tie.
Barca went on to make a miraculous come back in the second-leg, winning 6-1. They eventually crashed out to Juventus in the next round, but Enrique’s mind appeared to have been made up regardless of how far the club went in the competition.
As a result of the Spanish boss choosing to resign, Barca are on the lookout for a replacement, and have been linked with several top managers to take the job in recent weeks. However, according to Brazilian website UOL Esporte, Neymar has put forward his suggestion as to who should be the next boss.
That suggestion is Juan Carlos Unzué, who is currently Enrique’s assistant manager at the club.
Unzué, who is 50 years old, was a goalkeeper for the La Liga giants during his playing days, and worked as a goalkeeping coach for the club prior to his current role. He was Enrique’s assistant while the pair were at Celta Vigo as well, before they eventually made the switch to the Nou Camp together.
Unzué has a bit of experience as a main manager, having previously led Numancia and Real Santander. However, Neymar now believes the Spaniard is ready to take up the role at a big club, and is hopeful that he will be chosen to replace Enrique at the end of the season.
Barcelona seem to have a policy for appointing former players as manager of the club as they know the system, and that should work favorably in Unzué’s case.
Jorge Sampaoli, Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde, Everton manager Ronald Koeman, and Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino are some of the other names who have been linked with the job.
Written by Reyhan Ashley Nath
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