4 reasons why Barcelona MUST NOT sack Ernesto Valverde
Ernesto Valverde, the former Athletic Bilbao boss, had everything going so well for him, as Barcelona fans began to dream of another treble-winning season. However, all that hope has gone out of the window following a testing last seven days.
A 4-1 first-leg win over AS Roma was supposed to catapult the Catalan giants to the semifinals of the Champions League with relative ease. It was not meant to be, though, as a drab performance in Rome not only gave the Italians a lifeline, but also saw them overturn the result to progress at the expense of Barcelona.
Many Barca fans have since laid the blame on the doorstep of Valverde, who in truth, cannot escape most of them. Others have also called for the head of the manager, pointing to the apathetic display the club put up against Roma as evidence that Valverde’s tactical nous is not up to scratch.
Below are four reasons why it will be wrong for Barcelona to sack their manager:
#4 Not too many better managers on the market
Barcelona fans may be discontent with recent results and, more importantly, the football on display at Camp Nou, but the fact is that the club has seen progress since last season. Valverde has done very well to get the team challenging at the top once again.
A sack at this moment will be bad for the club because not many quality managers are currently on the market. Also, not many managers boast the CV to manage a club with so many demands like Barcelona.
Many may argue that Valverde was not in the category of A-list managers before he was appointed. However, he had a decent record at Athletic Bilbao before coming to Barca and sacking him now would be like taking two steps back.
Unlike other clubs, the Blaugrana hierarchy are very careful when it comes to selecting a manager. A lot of things are considered, with the club’s philosophy being paramount.
Currently, not many managers on the market have that Barca DNA. It will, therefore, be prudent to keep Valverde at the helm for, at least, one more year rather than sack him at this moment without a better replacement.