In the midst of a contract dispute with Barcelona, Ronald Koeman attacks Joan Laporta, saying, “He spoke too much.”
Ronald Koeman and Joan Laporta have both been in the news recently.
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman had some harsh words for club president Joan Laporta, as the question of whether his stay in Catalonia will be extended beyond this season looms. During the past three months, the Dutchman has had one of the toughest jobs in sport, with financial difficulties forcing Barca into a difficult time of transformation.
With only one year left on his contract at the Camp Nou, it’s unknown whether Koeman will remain in charge beyond 2022.
Koeman was a surprise choice in 2020, and while a good period as a player with Barcelona, his time as a manager has not been easy.
At Barca, there have been many strained relationships between managers and club presidents throughout the years.
Koeman and Laporta are no exception, albeit their relationship has recently improved.
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Despite this, Marca quotes the former Netherlands manager as saying, “My relationship with Laporta has improved, but something happened last week that I don’t think is acceptable.”
“He was implying that the coach does not have complete control.
“On two occasions, he spoke too much and was not wise. That is something that may be done in secret.
“I appreciate it when a president is engaged and asks questions, but it shouldn’t happen in the press,” says the president. This was the issue.
“I’m willing to stay since I’m having a nice time.” This club has a future because of me.”
Although he is most likely alluding to the club’s navigation through a difficult summer, Koeman’s willingness to claim credit seems odd for a manager who led his side to a third-place finish last season.
Barca was forced to send an emotional farewell to club legend Lionel Messi after being backed into a corner by £1 billion in debt and La Liga restrictions.
They were also forced to accept a massive and embarrassing loss on Antoine Griezmann, who re-joined Atletico Madrid, in order to clear the pay bill.
So far this season, Koeman has more reason to be modest, with an unbeaten start after three games indicating that pleasure may be on the way at the Camp Nou in the coming months.
Given the summer they’ve had, it’s important to keep expectations in check. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”