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- Updated: April 20, 2017
Journalists very seldom find their own names being thrown around in the news, but when you’re as big a name as Guillem Balague, the resident Spanish football expert contracted by Sky Sports, such moments do tend to come around from time to time.
Balague, who has written a host of books on football players and Spanish football in general, is marked by one bookmaker as one of the options to replace Luis Enrique as the next boss at Barcelona!
You read that right, the odds are shorter than the ones offered on Leicester City to win the English Premier League last year (5001/1). In fact, they are 1/10th that figure.
Balague is a regular at the Nou Camp and is often seen in the stands following Barcelona regularly in the La Liga.
Luis Enrique has already announced that he will leave at the end of the season and Barcelona chiefs are understandably scouring the market for a replacement. We just didn’t think things would go so extreme!
Of course Balague isn’t the favourite to get the gig. There’s Ernesto Valverede, for one, the current coach of Athletic Bilbao, who is highly thought of in Spain. You can expect to hear his name far more often between now and when the final decision is reached.
Valverede is perhaps the best option that the club can look at for now.
Juan Carlos Unzue is in the running too – Enrique’s current assistant and, coincidentally, the man Balague has publically backed for the job.
Ronald Koeman, Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri are other high-profile, big-name options, but their appointment is not as likely as the above two.
Paddy Power has made it 500/1 for the Spanish footy expert to get the gig. Stranger things have happened, haven’t they?
It would be wise to keep your money safely in your pocket though!