Barça thought he would be the ideal replacement for Daucik. Before coming to Barcelona he had managed the Turkish national side, which had dispensed with Spain in the World Cup in Switzerland.
Possibly the Barça Board started to seriously consider him for this reason. He did not have a great deal of luck while with the team. Barça ended the season as runners-up in the League and they were knocked out of the Cup in the semi-finals.