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Sampaoli: Stoichkov backs Sevilla coach for Barcelona job

Ex-Barça ace Hristo Stoichkov believes Jorge Sampaoli is the man to fill Luis Enrique's shoes at the LaLiga champions this summer
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Sampaoli: Stoichkov backs Sevilla coach for Barcelona job
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Hristo Stoichkov has backed Jorge Sampaoli to take over from Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, who has said he'll leave the Camp Nou this summer.

Sevilla coach in frame to replace Luis Enrique

The ex-Chile coach, who led La Roja to glory at the 2015 Copa América, is being heavily linked with the post having had an impressive first year at Sevilla.

And Bulgaria great Stoichkov, who had two spells as a player at Los Azulgranas during the 1990s, is in no doubt the Argentinian is the right man for the job.

Sampaoli's high-flying Sevilla are currently third in LaLiga and in contention to make the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

"If it were down to me, I'd appoint Sampaoli"

"If the decision were mine, I'd want Sampaoli to be Barcelona coach," Stoichkov said in quotes published in the newspaper Diario Olé.

"What he did with Chile isn't easy, and winning the Copa América the way he did is fantastic. If it were down to me, I'd appoint him for his winning mentality.

"At the same time, though, it's a decision that has to be thought through carefully."

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