Koeman demands more respect from Barcelona board


Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says he has been disrespected by the club board and the media amid continued speculation about his future.

Local media claims former Barca player Xavi Hernandez could replace Koeman, with club president Joan Laporta admitting earlier this week that there may be changes.

“You need to respect your coach and players more,” said Koeman.

“In the last part of the season I’ve not felt the support of the club. Things have come out in the press. They don’t deserve that kind of treatment, things should be done differently.

“I know there’s a lot of pressure here and I accept this, but sometimes I think in this country there’s much more of a culture with the media getting involved with a coach’s future, which I think is disrespectful,” he added.

Koeman succeeded Quique Setien as Barcelona boss in August 2020 on a two-year deal after stepping down from his role as Netherlands coach.

He led them to success in the Copa del Rey in April, but finished third in La Liga behind champions Atletico Madrid and second-placed Real Madrid.

It’s the first time Barca finish outside the top two since 2007/08.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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