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Report: Barcelona 99% confident of dismissing Ronald Koeman

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Ronald Koeman has suffered a rather turbulent first season at Football Club Barcelona. Overtaking a club at its very worst state, he has done a rather decent job at turning things around. The Dutchman has played short-term, transitionary coach, essentially being the custodian in guiding the new generation into the first team dynamics.

However, reports from RAC1 now claim that new club president, Joan Laporta, is 99% sure that he will be sacking the former Everton coach before the start of the next campaign. Koeman has done respectable work at Barça, but several of his own shortcomings as a coach are the reason why a club with so much talent have not managed to enjoy larger success this season.

While things looked brighter than ever in April, after Barça won the Copa del Rey emphatically, Koeman’s men took a serious downturn. In their last 7 league games, the Blaugranas have conceded an abysmal 12 goals. Having lost to the likes of Granada and Celta Vigo, they have essentially thrown away La Liga, which was in their hands at the end of last month. This has come as a result of a terrible defence; Barça desperately need a world-class centre-back.

To Koeman’s credit, he has barely received a squad in the condition which he required for maximum success. Without adequate replacement options for Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Sergiño Dest — and virtually no striker in the squad — he has managed to win the Copa del Rey, and his team even put up a consistent run in the league earlier this year, in what was a wonderful 19-game unbeaten streak.

Nevertheless, the Dutchman comes with too many flaws to continue as a coach. He is unable to see midfield profiles differing from his preference. His in-game management is woeful, with several substitutions and changes leading to a loss of focus and poor second halves.

The Blaugranas have thrown away games against Granada, Levante, among others. And lastly, his non-perfectionist approach does not suit the ideologies of positional play, which Barça aligns itself to so strongly.

Any coach, to excel, must pay attention to every detail; pressing systems, zonal occupations, defensive structure, etc. Therefore, it is high time that Joan Laporta and co analyse alternative options, as Barça desperately require a coach who can be given a long-term project; it was always evident that Koeman will not be given one.

So long as the board has a coach who can show the tactical tendencies to excel while remaining backed by the club’s players, Barça can hope for a brighter future in the days to come.

In these conditions, the board will always remain aligned with the coach. A strategic transfer strategy and squad-structuring can be done with both the coach and the technical secretariat’s inputs. As of now, that alignment is clearly missing; Ronald Koeman’s time in Catalonia is likely over.

As a loyal Cruijjfista and proponent of positional play: modern football, old football, and the future of football will always and forever be dominated by agile, technically, and tactically astute footballers. Having the passion for this club and the privilege to express my views on Barça makes me forever grateful. ¡Visca Barça!

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  1. manoj

    17/05/2021 at 08:58

    Knowing that barca has no revenues the coach and earlier board let go Luis Saurez. I know he lost pace and all that but he is a proper number 9 and he is a beast in final third. Keoman is not a tactical maestro to turn around a game from a set back he sticks to a plan and just changes players that’s it. His stubbornness has caused exhaustion of players and deserved players weren’t given minutes. Also if he continues he insists on bringing in Depay and Wijandium who are good players and doesn’t suit our requirements. Just because he had them coached for national team we should not ruin our team we should have proper 9 , Additions in defence, Give minutes to our B team players so that they can improve and make our club strong.If we continue we will bottle in critical matches

    • teddy

      17/05/2021 at 13:10

      Who does he have on the bench that could turn a game around? Braithwaite? He really has no one. Depay is much better than Dembele. He has a good shot and he can hold a ball and pass a player much much better. Wijnaldum, I’m not too sure about his addition to the team though. And he’s not that young anymore. For the midfield he needs to have good players he can rotate with, Puig, Modiba etc. Pjanic should be sold quickly.

      • John P

        17/05/2021 at 15:07

        Moriba and Puig are average.

    • Moses Marthinussen

      18/05/2021 at 13:37

      Bring luiz Suarez back it will give us time to buy a younger top striker after next season by then Luiz can be a regular bench starter due to his age and later let him help the youth

  2. teddy

    17/05/2021 at 11:28

    I think we forget that the material Koeman has had to work with is not optimal at all. He has actually become a good coach, maybe stubborn at times, but dutch coaches can be. A next coach will have a bit better material to work with and do well and then it will be said that that coach is better.

    Time will tell, but Barca will be back on top.

    • Imre Ford

      17/05/2021 at 20:05

      Koeman as a coach was a failure not only in Barcelona but Valencia and Everton as well. It’s true he may not have top players except a few but this team is still better than Levante, Granada or Celta Vigo. The main problem was the tactics of the coach and his substitution.

      • Ali Omer

        18/05/2021 at 06:10

        Koeman was a legend at Barcelona one day and one of the best defenders throughout football history so far. But this is not necessary for him to be a good coach. From the start , I was shocked by his recruitment because his times in Valencia and Everton proved to be big failures. This was evident this season. It was true that he gave good opportunities to young talents , but he was obliged to do that for short of options otherwise. I believe the team needs real revolution by having an intelligent tactician that suits the profile of Barca style of play, two world class CBs, Number 9 and a pivot (Back-up for the aging Buscquets)

  3. Alan

    17/05/2021 at 23:34

    If we want to win UCL nxt year, Koeman is not the answer. At the start of season, defense was faltering we lost, I understand, then he got lot of time to settle them. But if you analyze each goals throughout the season, most of them were silly technical flaws by defense. A good coach (himself being a defender) would never let it happen so often. We just won so many matches because of mainly Messi. If Messi leaves next season we will have to fight for top 10.

    So solution could be new coach + 2 defenders(strong header and leader) + 1 number 9 ( Kun may be) if Messi stays

    Otherwise new coach + 2 defenders + 2 forwards + 1 CDM

  4. Ansoumane Traore

    18/05/2021 at 06:04

    Go back for Luis Enrique, let Xavi wait for now.

  5. Charles

    18/05/2021 at 06:58

    The game of football is simple people look into the technical side of it far to much and coach the flair out of players.Barca even with the young and old players that they have dominate most games and create most chances. Some of the misses in front of goal are unbelievable so straight away you can see they need a true number 9 who is sharp on the floor and can score goals with his head.The other area which needs sorting is centre back.Pique and Busquets although brilliant have had their day but could be used off the bench next season so a new organised centre back is needed like virgal van Dyke. Number 9 could be Harry Kane who plays top football and knows where the net is.Managers get most of the blame but he is not on the pitch and players should shoulder some of the responsibility.