Barcelona will reveal departing manager Luis Enrique’s successor on Monday, May 29, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
The Catalan club missed out on winning La Liga on Sunday; despite managing to win their final game of the season against Eibar 4-2. They needed Real Madrid to lose, but their great rivals beat Malaga 2-0.
Their season is not over however, with a Copa del Rey final against Alaves next Saturday.
Once that is out of the way they will turn their attention to who will replace Enrique; with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu confirming on Sunday he expects to make an announcement on the Monday after the final.
‘We thank Luis Enrique for the effort he has put in and the demands he placed on himself. The door is open. Now we have the Copa. ‘On May 29, we have a board meeting and we will announce the name of the new coach after.’
Arsene Wenger for Barcelona ?
Wenger is linked with the vacant position at the Nou Camp in the aftermath of Enrique’s announcement on Wednesday with the Gunners boss yet to agree to a new deal in north London.
However, the 67-year-old said he is focused on his role at the Emirates and is not seeking another job. “No my preference [staying at Arsenal] is always the same, it will remain the same.”
“I am not looking for jobs of other clubs or jobs of other people. I am just focusing on getting to the next level and try to improve. Competent managers always try to get better, to reinvent themselves.”
Wenger’s Arsenal missed out on qualifying for the Champions League this season after finishing outside of the top four for the first time since he took over charge in 1996. Arsenal finished fifth despite beating Everton 3-1 on the final day of the league season.
“It’s very sad [to not be in the Champions League]. For 20 years we played in it.” Wenger told a press conference. “It’s very strange because with 75 points we are one point short. And of course you can look everywhere for where we dropped this point.
Wenger refused to elaborate on why his own future wasn’t sorted out sooner, saying “I will give you an answer one day, but not today.”
Arsene Wenger will likely answer the question on his future after the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 27 May. With Barcelona set to announce their appointment on 29 May, Wenger certainly looks to be viable choice.
Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde is the favourite for the role with some reports suggesting the 53-year-old former Barca player has already agreed a two-year deal.