Saturday, a few hours before the match against Atletico Madrid, the president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, surprised everyone by reiterating his confidence in Ronald Koeman. The Spanish press has delved into the underside of this decision and reveals a surprising message from Laporta addressed to the members of the Barcelona management.
Barça Transfer Window: Laporta takes stand for Koeman
FC Barcelona experienced a very disappointing summer transfer window with the departure of Lionel Messi, who joined PSG for free. And since the departure of the Argentine genius, the Catalan club has had trouble finding its best level of play. The Catalans have had negative results in recent weeks. After the defeats in the Champions League against Bayern Munich and Benfica, Barça lost again (2-0) last Saturday against Atletico Madrid. A counter-performance too much for the Spanish press for whom the departure of Ronald Koeman was now acquired.
But the president of Barça surprised everyone by assuring that the Dutch coach will be kept in his post. Joan Laporta explained that “Koeman deserves to have a margin of confidence”, it does not matter the outcome of the match against Atletico Madrid. The Barcelona manager recalled that the 58-year-old coach agreed to come to Barcelona at a time when the club is going through a difficult period in its history. This muscular exit of Laporta raises various questions in Catalonia.
Laporta justifies itself with its employees
Sport reveals that some managers of FC Barcelona had woken up this Saturday, expecting a sacking of Koeman. Corn Joan Laporta obviously changed his mind at the last minute. And the president of Barça explained about this decision to his employees.
The Spanish media reveals that Koeman sent a message to FC Barcelona board members via the WhatsApp group they have in common. In his message, the Catalan president reiterated his remarks explaining that the Dutchman “deserves a new chance”. He also pointed out that Ronald Koeman “assumed the responsibility of leading the team at a time of maximum sporting and institutional difficulties”. The president of Barça wanted to “avoid” that his collaborators learn of his change of heart via the media. This approach also shows that Ronald Koeman is far from unanimous at Barça.