While Joan Laporta effectively ruled out the former Chelsea manager when insisting any coach of Barca had to believe in the club's well-known style of game, DiarioSport says the Portuguese still has powerful supporters inside the club.

Barca B coach Pep Guardiola is currently favoured, but his lack of experience is concerning a section of the board. Many directors are pushing Mourinho's name, arguing that he has the no-nonsense character that Frank Rijkaard has lacked in the last two seasons.