Spanish giant Barcelona have been very dominant in European club for many decades.
The legacies of the club speak for it. Managing the club comes with such high expectations that cold claim a life. Is the managerial role of Blaugrana the most draining in football?
After three years in charge, a successful Luis Enrique is set to leave the club. He leaves the side like every other manager: severely drained. During the 5-0 rout of Celta Vigo, the fans chanted: ‘Lucho, we love you, please stay’ but it was more of a farewell message as it had been established that he was leaving.
While it seems the club’s ideologies are waning, the part that the coaching role drains you to the last holds still. Only two managers have stayed at the club more than four years since the 1950s. Johan Cruyff – who changed football at the club – did eight years but he did not live long after. Frank Rijkaard spent five years and he is yet to recover.
The fans own the Spanish club – they decide who stays on as coach, who becomes the president and the extent they want to reach each term.
Unlike English football where the power belongs to the owners, the high levels of dissatisfaction after Barca lost to French side PSG 4-0 would most likely have had a strong vote on Enrique’s decision to quit. He was never celebrated like he thought he deserved. After the game, he accepted responsibility. However, he added that he was questioned even when he got the results. Despite the 2-1 victory over Leganes days later, the fans booed at the man that delivered a treble in his first season. It was not a surprise that he decided to throw the towel a little early.
Most managers of the club leave utterly drained after just a few years. The golden era has seen the team win trophies every season but they had to dominate heavily, playing the tiki-taka pattern for the coach to be safe.