BARCELONA – Ronald Koeman wrote this Wednesday a new chapter in the grotesque that Barcelona stars in, going to the press room with paper on which he had written a speech, which he read in approximately three minutes before leaving without accepting questions from journalists .
Desperate, it would be said, after what happened in recent days and when it is no longer a secret that the club, Joan Laporta, is looking for a replacement, the Dutch coach asked for “patience”, demanded “unity” and begged for “support”, warning of the “Special” moment that Barça is going through and revealing that in this situation “to be in a high ranking in the League would be a success … And in the Champions League, miracles cannot be expected”.
The decision was made by Koeman in the first person, without discussing it with anyone from the club, leaders or executives, and simply making it known to the captains of the squad, explaining that he would read a statement without accepting questions. The event took the Barça management and Joan Laporta himself by surprise, who one day advanced his trip to Andalusia to go to the rocks in the area before accompanying the team in the Cádiz match and learned what happened practically live.
From the outset it was suspected, when the club representative announced that the coach would only read a statement, that Koeman was going to resign … Later it was understood that he was not and that the coach is willing to go as far as is necessary in his pulse with the board (if it exists) but will not resign, at least in the short term, and that its intention, as interpreted in its statement, is to convey to public opinion that difficult moment that the club is going through.
This was the full statement from Ronald Koeman:
Good morning everyone, the club is with me in a rebuilding situation. The financial situation of the club is linked to sports and this means that we have to rebuild the squad without being able to make large investments. Soccer needs time, young people can become great in two years. The good thing about rebuilding the team is that the youngsters will be able to have opportunities like Xavi and Iniesta had in their day. But it takes patience. To be in a high ranking in the League would be a success. In addition, in the Champions League you cannot expect miracles. The loss to Bayern last week has to be approached from that perspective.
The process in which we find ourselves means that the staff has to be supported, with deeds and with words. This process must be supported. I know that the press recognizes this process, it is not the first time it has happened in the history of Barcelona.
We count on your support in these difficult times. As a squad and players, we are satisfied with the support we had against Granada. Visit Barça.