The hours of Ronald Koeman as coach of the Barca are now counted. The Spanish press assures that Joan Laporta would have given the green light to a Barça legend to take over from the Dutchman.
A big name about to replace Koeman at Barca?
Humiliated by Benfica Lisbon (3-0), Ronald Koeman is more than ever on the hot seat at FC Barcelona. The clash against Atlético Madrid this Saturday could even be his last meeting as Barca coach. Since Barca’s setback against Benfica, the names are pouring in again for the Dutchman’s succession at the Nou Camp. If that of Marcelo Gallardo has been mentioned, his entourage would have denied any approach from the direction of the Abutments. Besides this track, the one leading to Xavier Hernandez would have gained momentum. Mundo Deportivo even believes that the former playmaker of the Blaugranas would now have the favor of Joan Laporta.
Why did Laporta flip his jacket?
The daily recalls that the president of the FC Barcelona was so far reluctant to recruit the 41-year-old technician. For Joan Laporta, Xavi Hernandez did not yet have the experience to officiate at a club like Barcelona. The young coach has already expanded his record with Al-Sadd, Qatari club where he officiates as such since 2019. In particular, he has already won the championship, the national cup and the Prince’s cup, twice. Enough for Joan Laporta to change her mind about her. The source also assures that discussions have already begun with third parties with a view to the return of the former number 6 of Barça as coach.