Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed that current coach Ronald Koeman will continue as the club’s head coach even for the upcoming season.
Koeman had another year left on his contract but Laporta had spurred speculation regarding Koeman’s role by saying earlier that the club was considering whether to keep him after a rather ordinary season which saw Barcelona winning the Copa del Rey title only and squandering several crucial chances to win the La Liga.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed of Ronald Koeman’s second season as Barcelona manager
Dutchman Ronald Koeman will continue as Barcelona’s coach for the next season after weeks of continuing speculation regarding his future, club president Joan Laporta confirmed yesterday. Laporta confirmed that Koeman will see out his contract at the Nou Camp until June 2022, after rumors suggested earlier that club legend Xavi could replace him at this role in recent weeks.
Last week Laporta said in his first press conference since becoming Barcelona president that he had already told Koeman about assessing his performance at the end of the season and that he had immense respect and admiration for the former Dutch icon who still had his contract remaining with Barcelona.
Koeman led Barcelona to the Copa Del Rey triumph in his first season in charge after being appointed last August by then president Josep Maria Bartomeu on a two-year deal, but failed to deliver a convincing performance in the La Liga and Champions League.
“After this period of reflection, vice-president Rafael Yuste and I have agreed that we will continue with the current contract that Ronald Koeman has,” Laporta said in his statement.
“We needed this period to get to know each other, we needed to find solutions to whatever disagreements we might have had. We reached the conclusion that this is what is best for Barcelona and for Koeman.”
“We are very satisfied to see that these conversations have resulted in a unity of opinion. We see the coach very motivated and he already has a year of experience in this dressing room, which we will try to make more competitive. I think Koeman comes out on top because he is the coach we want.” added Laporta.
Barcelona continued to strengthen their team as they added Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia to their ranks in recent weeks on free transfers, while they also exercised their option to bring back Emerson following his assuring performance over the two seasons at Real Betis.