Koeman rules out Barcelona job

Amsterdam: Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman has ruled himself out of the running for the Barcelona job as the search for Tito Vilanova`s replacement continues.

The Blaugrana`s announcement the Spaniard would step down on Friday resulted in Koeman`s name being mentioned, but the 50-year-old has denied he has thought about a return to his former club.

"No, I don`t think about that at all. I care more about the disease Vilanova has," he told reporters after Feyenoord`s friendly draw against Dordrecht.

"Who is to become the coach? I don`t know, as I do not interfere with that."

Another candidate appears in the form of ex-Barcelona B boss Luis Enrique, who has not been registered with the Spanish football federation by present side Celta ahead of the coming season.

That circumstance would allow the Camp Nou outfit to negotiate their playing alumnus` return through his €10 million clause with the Celestes, who Enrique only took charge of in June.

The other option for the dugout is Newell`s Old Boys trainer Gerardo Martino, who hails from Lionel Messi`s native Rosario and possesses a growing reputation in South America, having coached Paraguay for four years.

The Argentine was already close to a switch to Spain after being considered for the Real Sociedad and Malaga roles earlier this summer.


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