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So long Southampton: Koeman favourite for Barcelona job

| 08.06.2015

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is the man most likely to replace Luis Enrique as Barcelona boss should the Spaniard step down from his Nou Camp role.

That is according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes, who have the Dutchman as the 3/1 favourite to be the next permanent Barcelona boss.

After guiding the Catalan giants to an historic treble this season, Enrique has hinted that he is uncertain if his future lies at the club where he played more than 300 games.

Should the Saints boss decide to remain in the Premier League, however, then the return of Frank Rijkaard, who steered the club to two league titles in a previous stint, can be backed at 5/1 to make a sensational return.

Out of work Jurgen Klopp is next in the betting and after guiding Borussia Dortmund to six trophies during his seven-year stint at the Westfalenstadion could prove a tempting choice for both the Barca hierarchy and punters alike with odds of 6/1.

Should Enrique decide to prolong his stay then the 12/1 that says fellow former Barca player Xavi Hernandez is the next permanent manager could be a solid bet.

The midfielder bid farewell to the Nou Camp after lading a third Champions League title on Saturday and when deciding to call time on his career in Qatar he could be tempted to follow in the footsteps of Enrique and Pep Guardiola to manage the team he once played for.

With plenty of men in the running Southampton fans will be hoping that the man who guided a team tipped for relegation to seventh in the league will be able to prolong his stay at St Mary’s and take the club on to even greater heights.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.