Barcelona face Thierry Henry problem if Ronald Koeman sacked and Roberto Martinez comes in

Barcelona face the unusual issue of affording a managerial target’s backroom staff if they are to recruit Roberto Martinez from his current post as Belgium boss.

Thierry Henry is the Spaniard’s assistant, and cash-strapped Barca may have to dig deep into their wallets if they are to afford not only a new manager, but a big name to work alongside him.

Ronald Koeman has been under serious pressure over the past few weeks, with the Catalan side only just emerging from a torrid run.

A 3-0 victory over Levante should briefly ease the pressure on the Dutchman, while young starlet

Ansu Fati’s goal-scoring return from injury will restore a tinge of positivity to the club.

Unfortunately for Koeman, the damage may well have been done already after disastrous results against Bayern Munich, Granada and Cadiz.

It is believed that Barca are merely waiting for the right time to part ways with their current boss, and Martinez is touted as the next in line.

Club icon Xavi was also in the frame, although it now looks as though all parties have decided that now is not the right time amid circumstances of heavy scrutiny and financial trouble.

According to Goal, it is unknown whether they would be able to afford Martinez and Henry, presumably coming as a duo, posing an unforeseen complication to their new appointment.

Such factors do not often creep into the search for a manager, but Barcelona are in over £1billion worth of debt and Henry is likely to command a healthy wage.

The Frenchman spent three years as a player at the Camp Nou between 2007 and 2010.

Since switching to management, Henry spent two years as Belgium assistant before taking the top jobs at Monaco and Montreal Impact.

He returned to his assistant role with Belgium earlier this year, and could soon make a return to the dugout of his old stomping ground.

The report also states that Martinez has already informed his superiors that he could soon leave.

A departure would not come before October’s UEFA Nations League finals, however, with the Catalan-born coach desperate to crown off his spell in charge with a trophy for Belgium’s golden generation.

It would be an unlikely story for Martinez to land one of the biggest jobs in football, given he cut his managerial teeth at Swansea and Wigan Athletic.

His Catalan roots have led to strong ties with Barca. Jordi Cruyff, son of club legend Johan, is actually godfather to his children.

It appears that external circumstances are the only reason Koeman is still in a job and Martinez has not

yet made the move. However, it buys Barca a bit of extra time to make sure they have the money to ensure Henry comes as part of the package.


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