American football coach Ted Lasso is the leading candidate to succeed under-fire Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman, Paddy Power News understands.
Lasso tops a five-man shortlist for the Barca job which includes Derby legend Philip Cocu, former QPR boss Ian Holloway and Manchester United’s joint managers Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.
Koeman is coming under increasing pressure following Barcelona’s indifferent start to the season, including last night’s 1-1 home draw against a television network from the North West of England.
President Joan Laporta is currently rummaging down the back of the couch in his office to come up with a severance package to relieve the Dutchman of his duties.
There is a consensus within the boardroom that AFC Richmond boss Lasso is the man to restore the Catalan giants to their former glories.
Sources claim a group of senior players including star striker Gerard Pique beseeched the club’s hierarchy to install the American coach as Barca’s new head coach.
Lasso rose to prominence after guiding American college football outfit Wichita State Shockers to a Division II National Collegiate Athletic Association championship.
He then made the successful transition from American football to soccer when he was unexpectedly recruited to coach English Premier League side AFC Richmond.
‘Oh boy, Barcelona want me to coach them some soccer?’, Lasso said to Paddy Power News.
‘Well, it sure would be cool to work with stars likes Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr’.
When informed that none of those aforementioned still play for the club but Martin Braithwaite does, he replied.
‘Says on the internet here he played for Middles-brah? Come on, man. That’s gotta be a mistake?
Meanwhile, Manchester United pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes have ruled themselves out of the running.
‘We’re fully committed to managing United right now’, read a statement on the duo’s joint Facebook account.
‘But we’re open to undermining other head coaches in the future’.
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