MADRID, March 21 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona assistant coach, Juan Carlos Unzue has dropped a hint that he would like to succeed Luis Enrique as first team coach when the latter leaves the club at the end of the season.
The former goalkeeper made his declarations while watching the Tour of Catalonia (Volta de Catalunya) cycle race from a privileged position in the team car of the Spanish based "Movistar" cycling team, which his brother manages.
"I hope I don't have more time to go cycling next season," he joked, adding it was "not my intention, I am a football coach and I will have time to follow my hobbies in the future."
Unzue is currently one of the favorites to replace Luis Enrique, who announced he was leaving his post at the end of the season, following Barca's recent home win against Sporting Gijon.
His candidacy was also given the apparent backing of the current coach who said it would be "impossible to be angry with Unzue, we have been friends for years."
Athletic Club Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde appears to be the other main candidate for Barcelona after Sevilla's recent run of poor form has seen Jorge Sampaoli apparently drop out of the running.