It may not be something to think about, but it must be mentioned: Pep Guardiola could leave FC Barcelona sooner rather than later. Pep is still considering whether to come back for the 2012-13 season. While all of Catalonia holds their collective breath, many are beginning to consider the doomsday scenario of Pep leaving.
Many people would like to see a Barcelona man at the helm. Someone who is familiar with the club, better yet someone familiar with some of players like Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
So what better than having a former Barça player to be the next manager?
I decided to take a look at five former Barça players that could replace Guardiola if he decides he’s done with FC Barcelona. Some of these five have Dutch ties, while others were teammates of Pep’s back in the day and a few of them know some of the players very well. I give their experience with the team and the potential benefits of having that person manage the team.
For the record, this list is by no means me stating that I think any of these five former Barça players should be hired next season, so don’t misunderstand me. Personally, I don’t want to see Pep leave. I don’t know any Culé that wants that.
That being said, here are five former Barça players who could succeed Pep Guardiola as manager of FC Barcelona.