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Barcelona’s Ronald Koeman In Jeopardy

Ronald Koeman
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The future of Barcelona’s manager, Ronald Koeman, is reportedly in doubt.

After Monday’s 1-1 draw with Granada, the club are looking to part ways with the Dutchman. They are also experiencing a very underwhelming start to their season. Joan Laporta, the club’s president, had called an emergency meeting with board directors to discuss the future of their head manager.

Not So Fast

However, Barcelona are keen to not act too quickly for a number of reasons. The club’s financial situation is still dire at best. If they were to sack Koeman, they would need to shell out €12 million in order to terminate his contract.

Barca’s schedule is also tight, with both domestic and Champions League matches coming right at them. The transitioning of a new manager at this moment would be tough. The ideal situation would be to wait until the next international break in mid-October to break ties.

Coincidentally, the news also comes just a week after Koeman gave a particular answer at a press conference. The head coach seemed very sure about his position at the club. The now infamous answer of his, “Thanks to me, this club has a future”, is possibly coming back to bite him.

Replacement Issues

The club has yet to determine Koeman’s official replacement, but it is speculated that Roberto Martinez, manager of Belgium’s National Team, would be the top pick.

Barcelona currently find themselves sitting in seventh place in the La Liga table. The Spanish giants also suffered a loss to Bayern Munich last week in the Champions League, 3-0. Unless Koeman is able to turn things around in very quick fashion, the official decision for him to be removed as Barca’s head manager will come swiftly.

There will be more to come as Barca’s season progresses.

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