Sampaoli ‘leading contender’ to replace Barcelona boss

Date published: Wednesday 15th February 2017 2:28 - Joe Williams

Jorge Sampaoli is leading the way in the race to succeed Luis Enrique as manager of Barcelona, according to reports.

Enrique – who was Daniel Storey’s early loser on Wednesday – has come under increasing pressure at the Camp Nou with the Catalan giants lagging behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.

And following Tuesday night’s 4-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain they look likely to crash out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the first time since 2007.

The Sevilla boss was one of the last three candidates understood to have been interviewed for the Chelsea job last year and he claims he only missed out because his English was poor compared to Antonio Conte.

The Telegraph claims that former Chile head coach is the leading candidate to replace Enrique is Barca decide not to renew his contract at the end of the season.

Sampaoli is enjoying a fruitful season at Sevilla having taken over from Unai Emery last summer with the club only two points behind Barca.

When asked last month about the prospect of taking over from Enrique at the Camp Nou, Sampaoli said: “Luis Enrique is a winner, he is respected and loved by the fans. If he leaves, there will be an enormous list of candidates. I see it very far away, although the good moment of Sevilla means that people look at their coach.”

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