We will take tough decisions, FC Barcelona President warns Koeman
FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has warned coach Ronald Koeman that “if decisions have to be taken, we will take them”.
The Dutchman is under growing pressure following a slow start to the campaign that has seen Barca drop points to Athletic Bilbao and Granada in their opening four La Liga games.
They have also lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
Amid reports Barca are lining up replacements for Koeman, with Belgium coach Roberto Martinez supposedly among the candidates, Koeman refused to answer any questions from reporters at Wednesday’s news conference.
Koeman instead chose to read a prepared statement in which he urged Barca fans to have patience with the process, while claiming the club’s hierarchy —- including Laporta —- was fully behind him.
Laporta fell short of guaranteeing that the former Netherlands boss would remain in charge further down the line if results did not pick up.
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“We are with the coach. He’s Barca’s first team coach and what we want is for things to go well,” he said on Thursday.
“All coaches, not just Koeman, depend on results and, in Barca’s case, on their style of play. Koeman is our coach and we’re with him today.”
Koeman this week spoke out in the Dutch media about the wider issues at Camp Nou.
He also spoke about how Lionel Messi, who departed for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a free transfer last month, papered over the cracks with his individual brilliance.
But Laporta does not want to use Messi’s shock departure, plus the subsequent exit of Antoine Griezmann, as an excuse for Barca’s disappointing run of results.
“We see that the team isn’t working as we all were hoping,” Laporta said. “In that sense, we’ll act thinking always of FC Barcelona… If decisions have to be taken, we’ll take them.
“What I don’t like is a conformist attitude, a certain defeatism, that can’t be allowed at FC Barcelona.
“We have the team we have, but we can aspire to win La Liga and the players say to me that we have to be optimistic.
“We have to work, we have to fight every day, because I believe you achieve success with daily work. Less talking and more doing, more working.”
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