Despite the departure of Josep Maria Bartomeu, Ronald Koeman is not yet very concerned about his position as coach of FC Barcelona, even though a chairman may be elected in the upcoming presidential elections to bring his own trainer.
‘I’d rather not talk about the candidates’
“I don’t know what my future looks like, because it is not in my hands,” Koeman said at his press conference on Friday. Sports world. “I’m not nervous and I’m busy with my job. As a coach of this club, I keep working hard to help the team move forward, to achieve good results and to conquer titles.”
The 57-year-old Koeman was brought to Barcelona a few months ago through Bartomeu’s intercession. In addition, Víctor Font, one of the presidential candidates, has repeatedly said that he wants to sign Xavi or Pep Guardiola as trainer if he is later elected as chairman.
On the other hand, candidate Toni Freixa’s promise that Koeman can continue his two-year contract, provided the 52-year-old Spaniard becomes the new president. “The future of Koeman should not depend on an election fight. Keeping him on would be a good sign to the group.”
Ex-chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu and Ronald Koeman at the presentation of the trainer. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Although the future of Koeman does seem to depend on the upcoming elections at the moment, the former national coach of the Dutch national team is doing everything he can to avoid getting involved in the political battle.
“I’d rather not talk about the candidates, we’ll see what’s going to happen,” said Koeman. “My job does not mean that I should be happy or unhappy with someone who wants to change things within the club. I am here to win games.”
The presidential elections are currently scheduled for the end of March. The resignation of Bartomeu means there is a chance that a new chairman will be elected sooner, but that is not yet clear.
Koeman has had changeable first months as a coach of FC Barcelona. The Catalans have started the Champions League well, but in the competition they only won two of the first five matches. Barcelona will play an away game against Deportivo Alavés on Saturday evening.
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