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Report: Pep Guardiola refused Laporta’s offer to coach Barcelona, named Luis Enrique instead

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It is not a secret any longer, that Barcelona president Joan Laporta was on the hunt for managerial replacements to take over at the helm of the team before deciding to stick with Ronald Koeman for at least one more season.

After a puzzling transition season for the Blaugrana, there was uncertainty aplenty regarding the Dutch coach’s continuity. During a brief negotiation period, his position was in danger, as the team’s late-season collapse at the end of the 2020-21 season led to major doubts about whether Koeman was the right man for the job.

During that time, Laporta was looking for someone capable to take over just in case he decided not to continue with Koeman. According to a report from TV3, that man was none other than legendary Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. However, the Spaniard reportedly refused the job.

In turn, the president asked Guardiola to name someone he thought would fit the bill, to which Pep responded with the name of Luis Enrique. The current Spanish national team coach has also formerly coached the Garnet and Blue and enjoyed historic success during his tenure. Pep believed Enrique was the perfect man to lead a new project.

However, Guardiola supposedly backed Laporta’s decision of keeping Koeman in charge for the time being, thinking that it was the best possible choice given the circumstances. The iconic Barcelona coach thinks the Dutchman deserves one more season to show what he is capable of and is not offset by the effects of the pandemic.

One thing the club desperately needs right now is stability. Considering all the good work Koeman did during his first season, it is only fair he gets a chance to repeat that and improve on the negatives. Another hasty managerial change may do more harm than good.

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