Barcelona in Rafa Márquez managerial U-turn

The powers that be at La Liga giants Barcelona have altered their stance regarding the potential appointment of Rafa Márquez as the club’s new head coach.

That’s according to Diario Sport, who have today provided an insight into the situation.

Márquez, for his part, was in the immediate aftermath of Xavi’s resignation announcement tipped as a potential replacement for the Spanish tactician with a view to next season.

As Barcelona’s search for a new headmaster intensified, however, it was widely reported that the Mexican – currently in charge of the club’s reserve team – had been ruled out by those behind the scenes in Catalunya’s capital.

This came for a whole host of reasons, with the chief one the fact that he boasts no experience as a first-team coach.

And yet, if the latest word stemming from the media this week is anything to go by, it would appear that Márquez, all of a sudden, is back in the running.

Amid difficulties in their hunt for a suitable successor to Xavi, ‘Márquez is once again an option to take into account’, it is claimed.

The Blaugrana brass are highly appreciative of the work being done by the 45-year-old with Barca Atlètic, who sit just a point off the summit of the Primera Federación table.

Though the first-choice option remains Xavi staying put, Márquez, significantly, has gained the backing of club president Joan Laporta.

And as much could yet prove crucial in the race for the bench at the Camp Nou, with Laporta having never been hesitant in pushing Barca stars of years gone by into leading roles with the club.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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