Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman lashes out against ‘disrespectful’ media treatment and says he does not feel supported by board as Dutchman admits: ‘I don’t know if I’ll continue’
- Ronald Koeman has cast even more doubt on his future as Barcelona coach
- The coach said he had felt supported by the board in the final stage of the season
- The Dutchman also criticised the media for ‘getting involved’ in his future
- Barca won the Copa del Rey but fell short in LaLiga and the Champions League
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said he has not been supported by the club’s board, has been disrespected by the media and is in the dark about his future.
Club president Joan Laporta said this week that changes were imminent after Barca crashed out of the LaLiga title race following last Sunday’s shock 2-1 home defeat to Celta Vigo.
Local media, meanwhile, reported that Barca’s legendary midfielder Xavi Hernandez had been approached to replace the Dutchman, who led the Catalans to the Copa del Rey but has fallen short in their biggest games.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s LaLiga trip to Eibar on the final day of the season, Koeman said that he and his squad deserved more support.
Ronald Koeman gave what could be his final training session with Barcelona on Friday
The Dutchman said he had not spoken to president Joan Laporta (left) about his future
‘In the last month you need to respect your coach and players more. Things have come out in the press and they don’t deserve that kind of treatment, things should be done differently,’ Koeman told a news conference on Friday.
‘I know there’s a lot of pressure here and I accept this, but sometimes I think in this country there’s much more of a culture with the media getting involved with a coach’s future, which I think is disrespectful.’
The 58-year-old also admitted that he has not felt backed by the board despite the fact he has had to endure a turbulent season and at times answer questions on their behalf.
‘In the last part of the season I’ve not felt the support of the club. We’ve not spoken about the future. There’s been times when I’ve had to be a spokesman for the club and that should be noted,’ he said.
‘I know we need to make changes in order to win trophies and if that means a new coach or players then fine; but it needs to be communicated.
‘I don’t know if I will continue as coach, to be honest. I’ve not spoken with the president.’
Koeman consoles a disappointed Lionel Messi after Barca lost to Celta to surrender in title race
Koeman hit out at a ‘disrespectful’ media culture in Spain concerning coaches’ futures
Barca can at best finish third in La Liga this season, behind table toppers Atletico Madrid and arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Koeman had long been tipped to be Barca coach after a stellar playing career with the club under compatriot Johan Cruyff and was approached to succeed Ernesto Valverde in January 2020 but rejected the offer to lead Holland into Euro 2020.
But after the tournament was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and Barca sacked Valverde’s successor Quique Setien, Koeman left his role with the Dutch national team and accepted the top job at the Nou Camp.
His side got off to a horrendous start to the season but turned things round to put the pressure on leaders Atletico Madrid before blowing their chance to go top of the table by stumbling to a 2-1 home defeat to Granada.
That result signalled the beginning of the end of the title race for Barca, who have failed to deliver in the games that have mattered most.
They failed to beat Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the league this season while they suffered an embarrassing 5-2 aggregate defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
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