Relations between Joan Laporta and Ronald Koeman appear strained in recent weeks. Behind the scenes, the Barça boss is already preparing for the departure of the Dutchman.
I love you, neither do I. The last few days have revealed areas of tension between Ronald Koeman and its president Joan Laporta. The Dutch technician, who defends his record since his arrival at FC Barcelona in a particularly delicate context, tastes little of certain methods of his president, especially in terms of communication. He made it known in an interview in the Netherlands, before back-pedaling on Monday at a press conference.
The Blaugrana boss, if he often salutes the work of the Batavian in public as he did again this Tuesday, would not be particularly a fan of his coach, chosen by his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu. He also hesitated for several weeks at the end of last season to consolidate him in his functions when his contract expires in June 2022. And if some have mentioned a possible extension of one year, until June 2023, others consider that the hours of the trainer would be counted.
Three candidates in sight
ABC explains for example that the Catalan management will not hesitate to thank him in the event of a series of negative results in the coming weeks. The Spanish daily goes even further, explaining that Laporta and his teams would think of Jordi Cruyff to ensure a possible interim, more or less long, in the event of the forced departure of his compatriot. For the post, three names emerge within the board. Roberto Martinez, Belgium coach, is rather well placed, but he recently resumed until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Former local fame Xavi Hernandez is also on the shortlist. However, Laporta hesitates because the current coach of Al-Sadd would have requirements in terms of staff and sports management which he does not necessarily like. Finally, the name of Luis Enrique, coach of Spain, is also circulating, even if, here again, certain reservations are expressed because of his sometimes tempestuous character. Joan Laporta gives herself time to think things through to decide. Ronald Koeman, he already knows that he has no right to make mistakes.