Will Barcelona’s Ronald Koeman be sacked in the near future?
That’s the question many fans are asking after a long stretch of poor play has rolled over into the beginning of LaLiga play.
But instead of answering questions about the team’s direction, Ronald Koeman bizarrely took the podium on Wednesday and read a statement, before leaving the presser.
Ronald Koeman left the Barcelona press conference after reading out a statement and refusing to take questions.
According to reports, the club didn’t know that was what he planned to do 😳pic.twitter.com/7CZ3I79NdJ
— Goal (@goal) September 22, 2021
In his statement, Ronald Koeman asked for patience from the fans.
“The club and the manager are carrying out a reconstruction process,” Koeman said. “The club’s financial position is related to sporting matters and vice versa. That means we have to rebuild the football team, without making big investments. That needs time.
“The young talent we have can become world stars in a couple of years. The good thing about rebuilding the team is that the young players will have chances, like Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta did in their day. But we ask for patience.
“Finishing high in the league would be a success. European football is a good school for these young players, but we can’t expect miracles in the Champions League. The defeat to Bayern Munich has to be viewed from that perspective.”
Barca is unbeaten in four league games this season. But the team’s performance against Getafe and Granada has added some pressure on the boss.
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“The process we are in means the squad deserves unconditional backing,” Ronald Koeman said. “In words and in actions — support the process we’re carrying out. I know the press recognise this process.
“It’s not the first time in the club’s history that this happens. We count on your support in these difficult times. As a squad, we are happy with the support from the fans that we had in the game at home against Granada.”
Sources have said that the Barcelona board has grown frustrated with Ronald Koeman’s comments to media. And it would appear that they’ll be unhappy with his decision to read his own statement on Wednesday.
Koeman’s days at Barca could be numbered…