Barcelona boss walks out of press conference

Ronald Koeman, head coach of FC Barcelona. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
Ronald Koeman, head coach of FC Barcelona. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images) /

You can add in another regrettable moment in the tenure of Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman walked out of his customary press conference ahead of the match against Cadiz.

Koeman’s future has been the subject of much discussion in recent weeks, amped up following the defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and the draw against Granada at home.

The still Barcelona manager has grown increasingly tired of answering questions about his future and it seems like he’s reached his boiling point.

The Barcelona president was unaware of Koeman’s latest stunt

The relationship between Koeman and president Joan Laporta is strained at best. This latest stunt is certainly not going to help as Laporta did not know Koeman was going to read out a statement and then walk out without taking any questions.

As far as what the statement read, it was standard material like asking for patience and support.

"“The club is with me in a situation of rebuilding. The economic situation is linked to the situation on the pitch,” Koeman read.“We as a staff have to rebuild the team without making big investments and that takes time. The young talents can be world stars in a couple of years. The youngsters will have opportunities, like Xavi [Hernandez] and [Andres] Iniesta had, but patience is required.“Besides, to finish high in the league table would be a success. In the Champions League, no miracles can be expected. The defeat against Bayern [Munich] must be seen in that light.“The team must be supported, in words and actions. I know that the press recognizes this process, it is not the first time in history that this has happened.“We count on your support in these decisive times. We are very, very happy with the support of the fans, as was the case against Granada. Come on, Barcelona!”Source: Marca"

If the situation was untenable before, it is hard to see Koeman remaining the manager after the Cadiz match, regardless of the result.

His actions speak like a man who is not worried about getting fired. Quite the opposite, in fact. It speaks like someone who is outright daring the powers that be to sack him.

Barcelona claim money is not a hinderance to making a move but it is something the club is taking into consideration. Laporta and Koeman are in a stalemate with both trying to see who will blink first.

Despite his actions, Laporta is neither going to respond to Koeman’s actions nor sack him. He wants calm prior to their next match though one can argue there’s not much of it at the moment.

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The club is working on finding a replacement and it’s another factor as to why Koeman still has the job. But it seems everyone has reached their limit. For the good of the club and to try to salvage the season, Barcelona need to make a decision one way or another,