Barcelona look at former Wigan manager as Valverde replacement

Barcelona are rumoured to be look at former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez as an option to replace Ernesto Valverde should he leave the club.

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Barcelona are rumoured to be look at former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez as an option to replace Ernesto Valverde should he leave the club.

Valverde has come under immense pressure recently despite winning La Liga this season. For the second consecutive year the club have fallen short in the Champions League in dramatic circumstances.

Barcelona also failed to deliver the Copa Del Rey as Valencia triumphed 2-1 to take the trophy despite the best efforts of Lionel Messi.

Martinez has taken a tough route to the of the management tree. Now in charge of the Belgium national team, he has previously spent time at Wigan Athletic, winning the FA Cup in 2012/13 and a spell at Everton which ended on sour terms.

Despite this setback, he took charge of a golden generation of talent with Belgium and guided them to third place at the 2018 World Cup. His side lost to eventual winners France in the semi-final before seeing off England in the third place playoff game.

It is rumoured the reason Martinez is linked is due to his proactive approach to games, playing attacking football and entertaining with his teams, something some have accused Valverde of lacking.

It seems only a matter of time before Valverde moves on, the club were staunch in their support for him after the 4-0 loss to Liverpool. But are seemingly less willing to back their man after that Copa Del Rey loss to Valencia.

The Barcelona squad needs an overhaul with aging players and poor recruitment in previous seasons, so the club will be keen to ensure they make a move early to give themselves the best chance of improving next season.

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