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A group of Barcelona executives demands the immediate replacement of Koeman


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Ronald Koeman walks across the ledge and any misstep can throw him into the void. The result and the image against Bayern Munich has uncovered the little ascent that he enjoys in the noble floor. Several managers have demanded the immediate dismissal of the Dutchman, although Joan Laporta has no intention of executing it immediately and has given him a margin of confidence: the next three league games (Granada, Cádiz and Levante). The president has momentarily stifled the fire, although from TV3 insists on the existing rupture in the directive on the continuity of Koeman. The emergency meeting last Tuesday after the game against Bayern to seek solutions and analyze Koeman’s explanations confirm the erratic club sports policy, who in one more exercise of improvisation had proposed the renewal of the coach a week before, although subject to several conditions (winning titles, adapting to a Cruyffista style of play and having footballers like Riqui Puig or Umtiti) rejected by the Dutch.

Although neither Laporta ni Rafa Yuste, sports vice president, agree with Koeman and do not consider him the banner of their new project, there are several conditions that prevent his immediate dismissal, beyond the doubts of Mateu Alemany, director of football, or Ramon Planes, technical secretary. On the one hand there is no guarantor of the cruyffista style that the president demands. Jordi Cruyff, chosen as a natural replacement (“he is a wild card in case there is an emergency,” Laporta assured during his presentation as an advisor), has spoken clearly and has declined the president’s offer because he is a personal friend of the coach’s family. “Neither in my head nor in anyone’s is the idea of ​​replacing Koeman. If that had been my path, I would have agreed to train in Spain before when I had the opportunity in recent years. This possibility was neither hinted at nor does it enter into my plans. I don’t think Laporta was referring to training, rather to my off-road condition. And furthermore, for my part, It would seem very ugly to me, I have my principles“Confessed Johan’s son. Bob Martínez is running as the second option.

On the other hand, there is a economic impediment, since the dismissal of Koeman would suppose an indemnification that the club cannot afford at the moment. Barcelona should pay him some twelve million euros, which would correspond to the emoluments of this season plus the amount that he has deferred from last year when he accepted the salary cut to help the club due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. The Dutchman’s salary would be around eight to nine million euros per season after he postponed the 42.9 percent of your salary. The latest crossover of statements has further strained the relationship between Koeman and Laporta.

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