Ranked! The 10 key contenders to replace Luis Enrique at Barcelona

Mauricio Pochettino

After the current Blaugrana boss announced his intention to leave at the end of the season, Blair Newman weighs up the candidates to replace him

10. Paco Jemez (Cruz Azul)

Having played at the highest level and won caps for Spain, Jemez has often worked on a tight budget as a manager with a number of smaller sides

Tactical suitability, 4/5: Jemez has a well-known proclivity for positional play, dominating and utilising ball possession through triangular shapes, and pressing extremely high defensively.

Strategic fit, 2/5: Having played at the highest level and won caps for Spain, Jemez has often worked on a tight budget as a manager with a number of smaller sides. He remains idealistic, adventurous and isn't afraid to try new experiences.

Results, 1/5: Jemez did well with Rayo Vallecano, leading them to mid-table in La Liga before taking them down to the Segunda last season. However, a short spell with Cordoba aside, he's found success hard to come by elsewhere.

Total: 7/15

Paco Jemez

Jemez is currently in charge of Cruz Azul in Liga MX

9. Maurizio Sarri (Napoli)

A former banker turned tracksuit coach, Sarri prefers to work with and develop the players immediately available to him

Tactical suitability, 4/5: Throughout his coaching career, Sarri has favoured a high line and a high press with an extremely compact shape, usually in a 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3 formation. His teams dominate possession through well-structured build-up before looking to unhinge opponents via exhilarating one-touch passing and interchanges in the final third.

Strategic fit, 1/5: A former banker turned tracksuit coach, Sarri prefers to work with and develop the players immediately available to him. He's also a demanding – you might say prickly – man-manager who doesn’t mince his words, and his post-match comments have landed him into trouble in the past.

Results, 3/5: Sarri worked his way up the Italian leagues before guiding Empoli into Serie A and keeping them there. He then replaced Rafa Benitez at Napoli last season and instantly led them through a title race.

Total: 8/15

Maurizio Sarri

Sarri's Napoli are capable of some fantastic attacking football

8. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

Once a revolutionary, Wenger’s ideas are on the verge of becoming outdated in a sport filled with meticulous tacticians

Tactical suitability, 3/5: Wenger continues to produce some of the most entertaining football in the Premier League, though his laissez-faire approach to tactics and steadfast allegiance to the 4-2-3-1 have restricted Arsenal’s chances of progress in recent times.

Strategic fit, 3/5: Once a revolutionary, Wenger’s ideas are on the verge of becoming outdated in a sport filled with meticulous tacticians. Nonetheless he's experienced, economically cautious, puts the club before himself and is respected by his players.

Results, 3/5: It’s important to separate Wenger’s past from his present when it comes to results. While he had success with Monaco and Arsenal, his last league title win came 13 years ago.

Total: 9/15

Arsene Wenger

Wenger's contract at Arsenal expires at the end of the season

7. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)

He steered both Espanyol and Southampton to safety in Spain and England’s top flights respectively before launching Tottenham into title contention

Tactical suitability, 3/5: One of the more moderate disciples of Marcelo Bielsa, Pochettino opts for aggressive man-to-man defending, high pressing and intense counter-pressing, but in attack he prefers slow build-up play with the occasional direct ball.

Strategic fit, 3/5: Pochettino has a good track record for spotting and nurturing young talent, as he did with Philippe Coutinho at Espanyol, as well as Harry Kane and Dele Alli at Tottenham. He’s also a quietly spoken yet firm man-manager. But having played for Espanyol, he isn’t really a ‘Barcelona man’.

Results, 3/5: He steered both Espanyol and Southampton to safety in Spain and England’s top flights respectively, before launching Tottenham into title contention for two successive seasons.

Total: 9/15

Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino spent two-and-a-half years at the helm of Espanyol