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Opinion: Barcelona will not sack Ernesto Valverde

Marcelo Gallardo will not replace Ernesto Valverde
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Valverde will continue his role at the Camp Nou despite River Plate manager, Marcelo Gallardo, touted as his replacement.

Despite going into the international break top of La Liga table, the rumor mills is rife that Barcelona are unhappy with Ernesto Valverde.

The matter has been exasperated by Antoine Griezmann failing like Philippe Coutinho to adapt alongside Lionel Messi.

The Blaugrana supporters have begun calling for changes. There are rumors about Valverde’s departure, with many top coaches linked with the club.

River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo is being heralded for the Barcelona job. Pep Guardiola’s endorsement of the manager did not help the Argentine’s cause.

The Catalan manager hailed Gallardo for the job he has done in Buenos Aires as he bemoaned lack of respect for him.

“I cannot understand how Gallardo is not nominated among the best coaches in the world. Not just this year, but for so long,” Pep remarked to TNT Sports.

“What Gallardo has done at River is incredible, with regards to results and delivering consistently year after year. The players leave, but he is still there. There are things I cannot explain. In the lists of coach of the year he is never there. It seems only Europe has a place in the world.”

However, the 43-year-old has played down speculation over his future.

“I can’t echo rumors. No one offered me a meeting or a conversation about my future. This is not the time to do it,” he told Globo Esporte.

“We are in a very important phase for our club and we are playing decisive matches. Of course, there is nothing that prevents me from concentrating on my goals.”

Unjustifiable speculation over Valverde’s future with the club

Ever since Barcelona’s poor start to the season Valverde’s future has been called into question. However, they have top spot in La Liga and are leading Group F in the Champions League.

Barcelona have not always looked convincing but it does not mean they will get rid of Ernesto Valverde mid-season. This is simply not the Catalan way.

Especially after their failed experiment with Gerardo Martino. The Blaugrana backroom will be wary of bringing a coach from across the pond. It is more likely that Mauricio Pochettino will return to familiar surroundings in Barcelona, then Gallardo taking reigns at the Camp Nou.