BARCELONA – Barcelona does not consider the permanence of Ronald Koeman as coach next season a closed matter, club sources admitted to ESPN Deportes. Between him “he has one more season of contract and does not have to be ratified” that was asserted after the Cup final and the institutional silence installed in the last two weeks, the position of the Dutch coach does not provoke unanimity among the Barça management.
Its continuity, or not, will be decided when the season ends, within two weeks both on the basis of the final result of the course, pending of winning the League title, and of the sensations that exist between Laporta and his hard core of the board and closest collaborators. Today he is valued as much for the awakening of a depressed team, his management of the dressing room and his non-negotiable commitment to young people as some tactical decisions are questioned, his disputed impact on matches and the lack, on occasions, of daring and dominance of the parties.
Koeman, it is not a secret, he is not the coach chosen by the Laporta board of directors and despite his rise in the club and his unquestionable work during such a difficult season, and with so many shocks, he does not have that absolute support in the offices, without being able to guess now what will happen when the season ends.
“From the first day the president has shown me his confidence and I am not worried about the future because if someone has to decide it is him … But I signed for two years and I see myself as coach next season” Koeman reiterated this Monday in the room from the press, reiterating his “confidence” in continuing on the bench and transferring everything that needs to be discussed “after the last game.”
Until then, it is assumed, this uncomfortable doubt will remain. “After two weeks there will be time to talk about the future. We have arranged to speak with the president when the season ends,” he declared, pretending to depart from a subject that, it shows, bothers him personally even though he has become accustomed to it. “It is not something that affects only me, it is something that happens to all coaches. I cannot control the press because everyone has their opinion and I have no right to change this. The only important thing is to analyze the season that we have done”
If the defeat against Granada fell like a jug of cold water in the club, causing an emergency meeting between the coach and the heavyweights of the squad and uneasiness in the box, the draw against Atlético reopened the debate in the meeting , where praising without reservation the push it has given to a limited workforce and in which it has catapulted a batch of young people with excellent future, its approaches and technical decisions are also questioned.
Although Joan Laporta sent a message of support to Koeman when he took office and repeated his confidence after winning the Cup, repeating his “total confidence” in him, with the passing of the days it has not come back to mean and despite the fact that The technician facing the gallery has repeated that he feels supported by the president and the board, he did it again this Monday during the press conference, he is missing an institutional speech that closes any speculation … And since this does not come doubts increase.
The Dutchman, a character of undisputed ascendant in the club environment for what he meant already in his player stage and who is unanimously respected for taking the team at a time of absolute crisis, is valued without reservation for the management that has done in the locker room. The emergence of young people like Pedri, Mingueza, Araújo or Ilaix (aside from the injured Ansu Fati), the bet on Dest or the confirmation of De Jong are points that play in favor of a Koeman who has won the locker room and maintains a relationship very close to his players, Messi included …