Ronald Koeman: “I’m relieved to say that my players and staff can fully focus on the new season now”

Ronald Koeman was yesterday confirmed as Barcelona coach for next season. It was something that was up in the air until then, with president Joan Laporta clearly not entirely convinced that the Dutchman was the right man to bring the club forward. Appointed by Josep Maria Bartomeu, the now-disgraced former president, there was always the current of thought that Laporta wanted his own man.

Joan Laporta and Ronald Koeman

Koeman took over Barcelona at a tough moment, in the wake of the 8-2 beating at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League and just before Lionel Messi tried to leave the club by force. He steadied the ship and oversaw an excellent middle third of the season, during which Barcelona won the Copa del Rey in some style. The manner of their defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, however, coupled with their late-season collapse in La Liga, spelled trouble for his continuity.

“I’m relieved to say that my players and staff can fully focus on the new season now,” Koeman wrote. “The last few weeks have been intense, but I’m glad that President Joan Laporta gave his support to me and calm has been restored. The focus of everyone at the club is the same; building a winning Barcelona and achieving success.”

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5 Comments

  1. kralj says:

    Barcelona no longer exists, they need to include in the table a new team called the Dutch national team.
    I am very disappointed with the professional staff that they did not replace the coach.

    1. Ayomide says:

      Yeah that true we need new coach not that man called koeman a coach that cannot beat big team nor use is player at the right time we need Puig and pijanic not busquet and Alba

  2. ISHAYA YAHAYA says:

    this coach will finaly turn barcelona to barceloser.

  3. Ayomide says:

    Koeman is not needed again as Barcelona coach and we need Puig at Barcelona and pijanic not you koeman

    1. Onyekachukwu says:

      As a spectator you seem to see clearer and play better but when you enter the field you face the reality. The so called big teams has a coach that has been with them for a while mostly. This our coach Koeman came in at a very difficult and delicate time at Barcelona and has done a good job in my opinion, let’s give him at least this new season with the new signings to make his statement, after then we can access. No coach is success specialist, there are factors that affects the club success. I believe that Barca is on the right trajectory. With the new President and players we will bounce back to the top of European football. I hail Barcelona and all culers.

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