Former Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman believes the Catalan club didn’t give him enough time to turn things around in the club.
Ronald Koeman was appointed by Josep Bartomeu after sacking Quique Setien in 2019. The Dutch coach then went on to win the Copa del Rey in 2020, defeating Athletic Bilbao by 4-0.
The former Barcelona player also came close to winning the La Liga title in his maiden season, Barcelona finished third behind rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
Koeman’s last game in charge as Barcelona coach was against Rayo Vallecano, with Vallecano wining by 1-0.
Xavi was subsequently appointed to replace Koeman who has told Danish newspaper Algemeen Dagblad that he thinks he wasn’t given enough time at the Camp Nou.
“They didn’t give me the time they gave the new coach, Xavi. It’s still painful for me,” Koeman said.
“I was working with a lot of injuries. Now Pedri is back in shape, and Ousmane Dembélé … You can see everything.
“Laporta told me a thousand times that Xavi would not be his coach, because he lacked experience. I was not Laporta’s coach. I had that feeling from the first moment, after the elections there was no click. That necessary support from above was lacking.
“The important thing was not money for me. I really wanted to succeed as a coach at Barcelona, to do everything I could, but I realized that Laporta wanted to get rid of me because I wasn’t appointed by him. He concluded.