La Liga 'lacking star player' after Messi's Barcelona exit
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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman’s future at the club is in doubt according to reports in Spain. The club’s 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League was a concern for the board.
Barca president Joan Laporta is keeping an eye on four key factors as he decides on the future of manager Koeman, according to reports in Spain.
The team’s tactics and style of play will be assessed by the board in the coming weeks, as well as Koeman’s management style and his use of squad rotation.
Laporta’s dissatisfaction comes on the back of Barca’s demoralising loss to Bayern in their opening European game of the season.
“I’m as angry as all of you,” the president told fans last week. “Have no doubts: we will fix this.”
And three games in seven days this week, against Granada, Cadiz and Levante, could now decide the future of the club’s head coach.
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“I don’t know if I am playing for my job, no one has said anything to me,” Koeman said ahead of Monday’s fixture against Granada.
“I am thinking about the game, anything else is not in my hands.
“I know what Barça is and in the end results count.
“I don’t fear for my future, the club and the president will make decisions.”
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The rumours over Koeman’s future as Barcelona manager come just over a week after he received public backing from Laporta.
But the relationship between the coach and the club’s president has been strained for much of the time since Laporta’s presidential election victory in March.
That uneasy partnership, which oversaw the sale of club legend Lionel Messi to PSG in the summer, was never likely to go long without further disputes, and so it has proven.
“My relationship with Laporta has improved but something happened last week that I think is not right,’ Koeman said.
“He was suggesting that the coach does not have all the power. He spoke too much and was not wise on two occasions.
“That can be done in private. I like when a president is engaged and asks questions, only that should not happen in the press. That was the problem.
“I’m open to staying, I’m just having a good time. Thanks to me, this club has a future.”
Koeman’s current Barcelona contract expires in June 2022, with a renewal yet to be proposed by either party.
But according to a report in El Club de la Mitjanit, there is a clause in the coach’s contract that means Barca will have to pay out at least €6million if Koeman isn’t kept on.
The clause is in part an act of compensation for the amount that Koeman had to pay the Dutch Football Association for leaving his post early to join Barcelona.
Such a fee would be in addition to any compensation due if Koeman is removed from his post before next summer.
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