Ronald Koeman became Barcelona manager at one of the darkest times in the club’s history. He has since lost Lionel Messi & Antoine Griezmann, and fans are starting to call for his head. However, the Barcelona board appears split over whether to fire their former player turned manager due to their crippling finances.
Firing Koeman, whose contract runs until the end of the season, would cost the club €12 million.
According to TV3, the Barcelona board is currently meeting to discuss the immediate firing of manager Ronald Koeman. Some committee members would like to give it a few weeks and see if the team evolves. The financial aspect that comes with the firing is undoubtedly a loss the committee would like to avoid.
Ronald Koeman’s time in charge of Barcelona has been troublesome. With the club’s financial struggles coming to light and the loss of Lionel Messi. However, as manager, he guided the team to a third-place league finish and two cup finals last season. He won his first trophy with the Copa Del Rey win back in April.
Speaking at the beginning of September, Barcelona president Joan Laporta gave Koeman his full backing. However, despite a steady start to the La Liga campaign, with two wins and a draw. The 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League was a real eye-opener for players and board members alike as the club failed to register a single shot on target during the game.
Financial issues did force Barcelona to target the free agency market this past summer. But they did manage to bring in Memphis Depay, Luuk De Jong & Sergio Aguero. Whether they can have a similar impact to the superstars who left remains to be seen.
Ronald Koeman spent six seasons as a player at Barcelona. In that time, he won 10 trophies, including four La Liga titles and the European Cup. The situation he has inherited as a manager may be a little different. He may not be able to recreate that glory, still, with games against Granada, Cadiz & Levante to come. He is in an excellent position to take advantage of one final chance at the helm.