Valverde arrives at Barcelona training 2 hours early
The news continues that points to Ernesto Valverde being sacked as Barcelona manager. 'AS' assures that the Barcelona manager arrived at training two hours early. His intention: to start to prepare for the La Liga match against Granada.
'Mundo Deportivo', on the other hand, confirmed that Josep Mari Bartomeu will meet with Valverde at 15:00, before the board meet. He will do it to announce the club's intention to sack him.
You have to remember that the Barca manager's contract ends on 30th June, because both Barca and Valverde had the option to extend it until 2021, something that is completely ruled out.
In the midst of waiting, possible names have been touted to replace him. 'RAC1' insist on the option of García Pimienta, but say that Quique Setién and Gaby Milito are becoming more popular choices. The surprising option of Mauricio Pochettino is also being linked while Thierry Henry is also in the frame.
In any way, Monday 13th January could good go down in history as the day they change a manager that won 2 leagues and who was also top of the league.
Xavi, the preferred choice by the board and a big section of the Barca fans, would be the biggest candidate to manage them from the summer.