Barcelona may decide to sack Ernesto Valverde today with a planned meeting of the club’s hierarchy planned, report El Mundo Deportivo.
It is said that Valverde’s position in the Camp Nou hotseat is in serious danger after a lengthy meeting on Sunday night between those in charge of the club.
Josep Maria Bartomeu – the club’s president – is now due to meet Valverde today in another crunch meeting after talking with the club’s CEO Oscar Grau, transfer chief Eric Abidal, his assistant Ramon Planes and Javier Bordas.
The meeting is said to have began at 9pm on Sunday evening after Abidal and Grau returned from Qatar, where they unsuccessfully tried to persuade Xavi Hernandez to accept the managerial position.
However, Xavi said he had no intention of joining the club in the middle of the season but did leave the door open for a summer move, leading the club to reassess their options.
It is said that whilst Valverde’s dismissal is not guaranteed but his chances of remaining in his position are increasingly slim.
Mauricio Pochettino – who worked with Ramon Planes at both Espanyol and Tottenham – is said to be in the frame, while former Real Betis Coach Quique Setien and current Estudiantes de La Plata boss Gabriel Milito – a former Barcelona defender – also in the frame.