Barcelona From Blanc to Laudrup to Unzue
Coaching Barcelona is one of the most specific jobs in world football and the Catalan club have often hired former players who best understand how the club works.
That was the case with Ernesto Valverde and it may also be the case if the Spaniard is let go this week and if Barcelona decide to go down the former player route again.
Here, we take a look at various former Blaugrana players who moved into coaching but who are currently unemployed and, therefore, available.
He played for Barcelona between 2001 and 2007.
Until now, his only club as a coach has been Genoa.
The Argentine spent the 1998/99 season at the Camp Nou.
He has coached various teams with varying degrees of success, most recently doing so at Leganes.
After a playing career that saw him spend a lot of time at Barcelona, between 1989 and 1996, he moved into coaching and has previously coached the B team of the club.
He has also coached Celta Vigo, Real Sociedad and Girona, suffering relegation with the latter last season.
After coming through the Barcelona academy and spending some time with Valencia and Alaves, he played for the Barcelona first team from 2000 to 2005.
As a coach, he has been in charge of the Catalan national team and Barcelona B.
After a playing career that saw him play in goals for Barcelona from 1988 to 1990, he become a goalkeeping coach and assistant at the club.
He was Luis Enrique‘s assistant and then took over at Celta Vigo and Girona following his departure from Barcelona in 2017, but was dismissed form both those jobs.
The Dutchman was at Barcelona in the 2005/06 season when they won the Champions League.
As a coach, he has only trained PSV Eindhoven, but was sacked last month.
The left-back spent almost his entire career at Barcelona, playing for the club from 1992 to 2002.
He then coached in the Barcelona youth academy and has also spent time coaching in China with Zhejiang Greentown.
The German played for Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, doing so for the latter from 1980 to 1988.
He also coached Real Madrid at one point, as well as other Spanish sides like Getafe, Levante and Malaga.
During the heights of the Dream Team, Laudrup was a Barcelona star and played at the Camp Nou between 1989 and 1994.
Later, he moved into coaching and has coached Getafe and Real Mallorca in Spain.
The defender had an impressive playing career that included a year, in 1996/97, at Barcelona.
He has coached Bordeaux, France and PSG, but hasn’t coached since 2016.
From 2004 to 2009, Sylvinho was a Barcelona player.
He was hired as the new coach for Lyon at the start of this season, but was sacked by October.
The Catalan spent most of his playing career at the Camp Nou, staying there until 1998.
He briefly moved into coaching afterwards and was in charge of Cordoba and Real Mallorca for a couple of short spells.