Xavi Hernandez has emerged as the early favourite to be appointed Barcelona head coach, after Ronald Koeman was sacked on Wednesday night.

The ex-Everton boss was given his marching orders by Barcelona president Joan Laporta , after a Radamel Falcao goal handed the club a 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano.

The Catalan side currently sit ninth in La Liga after ten games, six points behind rivals Real Madrid, and are third in their Champions League group.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi is odds on favourite to replace Koeman , being priced as low as 1/9 by Betfair.

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The 41-year-old has been manager of Qatar Stars League side Al Sadd since 2019, but has long been touted for the job.

In a somewhat bizarre twist, another former Blues manager is believed to be the closest to rivalling the Spaniard for the job.

Current Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has won plenty of plaudits since taking a national team job in 2016.

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Following his three years at Goodison, Martinez has guided the country to a World Cup semi-final and to the the top of the FIFA rankings.

He is priced as low as 17/2 with Betfair, while William Hill and Sky Bet give longer odds of 10/1.

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag is listed as third favourite at 16/1 with both Betfair and Paddy Power, while Antonio Conte is priced at 20/1 by William Hill but is as low as 10/1 with SkyBet.

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Dropping further down the list, following recent rumours suggesting that Barcelona could be interested in the Liverpool boss, is Jurgen Klopp.

Reports in Spain suggested that the German coach was viewed as an “impossible” dream candidate, which is reflected in the odds.

While he is listed as low as 33/1 with William Hill, both Betfair and Paddy Power have the 54-year-old listed at an outlandish 100/1.