BARCELONA – Ronald Koeman has his continuity as Barcelona coach highly questioned, confirmed to ESPN by a high-ranking source from the Barça club after the draw against Granada on Monday, which confirmed the worst scenario for a coach who was saddened and with an air of defeat in the press room while Joan Laporta met with his vice president Rafael Yuste and the football director Mateu Alemany in the Camp Nou box, agreeing on the need to take a turn at the helm sooner rather than later if the team does not absolutely change your football image immediately.
Koeman’s permanence on the bench has been the subject of debate at the club since the end of last season and if then he was confirmed in the position due to the impossibility of finding a substitute for guarantees, over the weeks his situation has been become unsustainable for a good part of the Board, tied hand and foot, however, in the middle of the whirlwind of parties.
Although from the same club it was ensured that the coach’s future was not discussed at the last meeting of the board, the source consulted admitted that the next matches would be “decisive” in making a decision while Laporta and his most direct collaborators explore the market in search of a solvent technician, not only urgently but, moreover, with a vision of the future.
Barcelona will play Cádiz on Thursday, before receiving Levante at the Camp Nou next Sunday and visiting Benfica in Lisbon the following Wednesday, in a Champions duel that the next match is considered as decisive as definitive, on October 2 in the Wanda Metropolitano against Atlético de Madrid and that will be the last before the new pause for national teams and in which the final decision would be made.
Koeman’s sentence is taken for granted in the absence of finding his replacement and the appropriate date to carry out the change, understanding that, as the economic vice president Eduard Romeu assured, the club is in a position to face his dismissal, valued at about $ 15 million.
In the club’s offices, various names are being considered as potential substitutes for the Dutch coach. In the month of May ESPN already advanced the candidacy of Roberto Martínez, coach of the Belgium team and who, maintaining a close friendship with Jordi Cruyff, is seen as an indisputable follower of Barcelona’s football philosophy.
The Catalan, however, is not the only coach who is shuffled among the managers and executives at the Camp Nou. Xavi Hernández remains on the plane although he is not considered, from the outset, the ideal candidate in the eyes of Joan Laporta, not so much because of his relationship with Víctor Font during the electoral campaign as because of his demand to arrive in Barcelona accompanied by a large team of collaborators and get all the power in the sports club look.
The club does not want to make hasty decisions but it also flees from inaction, understanding the need to take a step forward when the season is still in its early stages and, according to the source consulted, there are more options for coaches, who should be willing to assume what is known as a maximum risk at the moment of the club at all levels and that, beyond the results, they coincide without reservation in the team’s football bet.