Reims manager Oscar Garcia is the latest name linked with the managerial job at Barcelona if the Catalan giants decide to sack Ronald Koeman.
Dutchman Koeman is under pressure to keep his job after a series of poor results in addition to his frosty relationship with club president Joan Laporta. Barcelona supremo Laporta has made no secret of the fact that Koeman was not an appointment under his regime. Ex-Barcelona player Koeman was named the new Barcelona manager last summer by the immediate past board under the presidential reign of the embattled Josep Maria Bartomeu. Koeman was the man who replaced Quique Setien.
The new development as regards Oscar Garcia was revealed by RMC Sport. It was stated that the Reims manager is on a three-man managerial shortlist alongside Al-Sadd manager Xavi Hernandez and Roberto Martinez. Garcia and Xavi were formerly on the payroll at Barcelona as players having come through the famed La Masia Academy, while ex-Wigan Athletic and Everton boss Martinez is currently in charge of the Belgian national team.
The aforementioned report stated that Garcia’s name came up at a meeting to discuss the future of Koeman at the Nou Camp. Barcelona officials are considering Garcia due to him being a disciple of the legendary Johann Cryuff. The manager of the French Ligue 1 outfit was referred to as a Cryuffista.
Garcia, 48, played for the Barcelona first team in the 90s. He took charge of the Juvenil A at the Nou Camp for three years between 1999 and 2002. The Reims boss had a successful three-year spell while he was in charge of the Barcelona youth team. He has also managed a lot of first team squads. Apart from Reims, Garcia has been a manager at Austrian Bundesliga outfit RB Salzburg, French club Saint-Etienne, Brighton and Hove Albion, Watford, Olympiacos, Celta Vigo and Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv.