Barcelona president Joan Laporta has emphasised that coach Ronald Koeman is not going to be faraway from his place, no matter how the crew progresses in opposition to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Koeman has come beneath severe strain after an odd begin to the season, with the newest outcomes – only a victory from the final 5 matches – in fact having the boss speeding to the sting.
Those in cost at Camp Nou have been searching for a substitute for some time now, however when he spoke earlier than the Atleti recreation, Laporta was adamant that Koeman’s place just isn’t threatened.
“Regardless of the result, Koeman will remain coach,” Laporta instructed the press (by way of Mundo Deportivo).
“When the injured players recover, we will have more options. Koeman is a ball and a reference for Barcelona. I have talked to him and made my decision, he is a reference for Barcelona.
“I respect the indisputable fact that he took over Barcelona in problem. He may have had disappointing moments however he has saved his spirits excessive and now that the injured gamers are again he deserves that confidence.
“We have talked, it is not true that we have a bad relationship. It is a good and sincere relationship. He is a good person and I think he likes me the same and we all try to push Barcelona forward for the better.”
The information comes shortly after certainly one of the main candidates, Belgian boss Roberto Martinez, left the door open to take over from Koeman.
Martinez, who’s shut pals with a few of Laporta’s board members, admitted that he plans to have a look at the remaining 12 months of his contract with Belgium however couldn’t assure that he would really achieve this.