The Belgium coach spoke about his future and made a point of clarifying the interests of FC Barcelona.
The hours of Ronald Koeman are counted on the sidelines of FC Barcelona. “My position? I can only talk about my work with the team. I feel supported by my players … But by the club? I don’t know“, admitted the Dutch technician at a press conference after the new heavy defeat in the Champions League on the lawn of Benfica. Ronald Koeman has probably felt it for a while, the tide has turned in Barcelona.
FC Barcelona: Koeman’s dismissal, a simple matter of time
According to Goal information, the decision on Ronald Koeman’s future has already been made: his dismissal is just a matter of timing. The loss to Benfica only accelerated the process, but the Dutchman will, in all likelihood, no longer be on the sidelines when the October international break returns. Some members of the board would even like to fire him before the game against Atlético Madrid on Saturday night.
However, before dismissing Ronald Koeman, FC Barcelona wants to find his successor and this is where the issue gets complicated. Indeed, three names emerge for the position of coach of FC Barcelona with two favorites emerging: Roberto Martinez and Xavi. The problem is that the two men are currently in office, unlike the third who is Andrea Pirlo, on the Belgian side for Roberto Martinez and at Al-Sadd for Xavi.
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“Many circumstances can arise along the way”
The coach of Belgium unveiled this Friday his list of 23 for the Final Four of the League of Nations where his team will face France on October 7 in Turin and inevitably, he was confronted with questions concerning his future and the rumors l ‘sending to FC Barcelona. Asked by HLN on this subject, Roberto Martinez first of all took care to dissociate his proximity to Johann Cruyff’s son and the latter’s role at Barça.
FC Barcelona: Three names emerge to replace Koeman
“The basis of my friendship with Jordi is that we separate the private from the professional. At no point did I ask Jordi about my situation at Barcelona. I also don’t think he has the role of appointing one. possible new coach“, indicated Roberto Martinez adding that no “Coach should never be emotionally committed to a club, country or culture”.
The Catalan denied any contact with Barça leaders, but did not close the door on them: “There is absolutely nothing, no contact with FC Barcelona. In football, you never know what tomorrow will bring. I wake up every morning as coach of Belgium until the last day of my contract, but I realize that many circumstances can arise along the way.