Following the recent elimination of FC Barcelona in the Champions League, the future of Ronald Koeman is already talking. Barca‘s new executive is reportedly considering thanking the Dutch technician at the end of the season.
Laporta elected, Koeman’s future threatened at Barca
The recent election of Joan Laporta as president of FC Barcelona implies changes in the club’s organizational structure. According to the Spanish press, Ronald Koeman will not survive on the Barça bench. On Cadena SER, Manu Carreno even assured that the successor of Quique Sétien, with one year remaining on the contract, is not in the plans of the new Blaugrana boss. “In Joan Laporta‘s sheet, the number one coach is not Ronald Koeman […] No one can guarantee that Koeman will continue,” the journalist said. The departure of the Dutch technician should come at the end of the season. With Barcelona eliminated from the Champions League, all they have left is the league and the Cup to save the club’s season.
Names for Koeman’s estate?
According to the local press, Joan Laporta wants to bring some freshness to the bench. The Barça president would like to install a younger technician in place of Koeman. Already announced during the ouster of Ernesto Valverde, Xavi Hernandez (41) would be the favorite of the Barcelona president. Qatari champion and Cup winner, the former Blaugrana playing master is making an excellent start as a coach. His return to the club would also retain Lionel Messi. Besides Xavi, Laporta would also be interested in Mikel Arteta (38, Arsenal), disciple of Pep Guardiola, and Julian Nagelsmann (33, RB Leipzig).