Former Barca boss Koeman claims he could 'write a book' about his time at Camp Nou

The Netherlands head coach was speaking about what has happened at the club since he was sacked as manager in 2021.
Poland v Netherlands: Group D - UEFA EURO 2024
Poland v Netherlands: Group D - UEFA EURO 2024 / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Koeman was eventually replaced by Xavi, but the Blaugrana legend was himself sacked at the end of last season. Former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick is now taking over at the club.

It has been a difficult few months for Barcelona after a season of underachievement on the pitch compounded by Real Madrid's glittering success in La Liga and the Champions League.

Meanwhile, it appeared that, regardless of all this, Xavi was safe in his job after uncertainty about his future seemed to have been resolved, and he eventually agreed to stay on in April.

A month later, Barca President Joan Laporta reportedly took offense at the coach's comments and seemed ready to sack the midfield great. Xavi duly left his post shortly after the campaign ended.

So, the great soap opera Barcelona entered another chapter, with Flick becoming the third manager at Camp Nou in less than three years.

In his comments, Koeman—whose Netherlands side won their Euro 2024 opener against Poland at the weekend—claims he did not receive the same sort of support from Laporta as Xavi did.

Koeman previously managed Everton in the Premier League and then had his first stint in charge of his national team before joining the Blaugrana in 2020.

The Dutchman believed that his short time at Camp Nou was affected by a lack of support, which undermined his chances of success at the club.

As well as claiming this, Koeman also argues he could get much more out of Barcelona's Polish international striker Robert Lewandowski.

The 325-year-old centre-forward did not play against Holland, and Koeman questions whether he is a good fit for Barcelona's football tradition.

All this is just fluff and hot air and will undoubtedly have little effect on the club or new manager Flick as he tries to plot a way forward for the Blaugrana and attempt to meet the challenge of a reinitialized Real Madrid.