Ronald Koeman insists he has no concerns about his future as Barcelona manager following the resignation of club president Josep Bartomeu and says ‘off-field issues are out of our hands’
Ronald Koeman insists he has no concerns about his future as Barcelona manager in the wake of Josep Bartomeu’s resignation as club president – but hopes he is told if his situation does indeed change.
The Dutchman was appointed earlier this summer by Bartomeu to help get the club back on track following a woeful and trophyless season under Quique Setien.
The Catalan giants were then faced with the unthinkable when Lionel Messi demanded to leave the club, leaving Bartomeu and the Barcelona board facing a vote of no confidence.
Ronald Koeman insists he is not concerned about his future as Barcelona manager
Josep Bartomeu (L), who appointed Koeman as boss this summer, stepped down as president
While Messi did in fact end up staying, Bartomeu’s eventful exit raised question marks over Koeman’s own future, with one of the club’s new presidential candidates, Victor Font, insisting he wants Pep Guardiola back at the Nou Camp as manager.
However, as uncertainty over his position looms, Koeman insists he is not concerned about his job and can only focus on what happens on the pitch – not off it.
‘No. We have to channel all of our energies into playing football. Off-field issues are out of our hands,’ Koeman told reporters.
‘If my situation changes in any way, I hope that I am told about it. We want to gain better results and improve the way we play.
Koeman says he is not concerned about his job and can only think about matters on the pitch
‘That is what we are putting all of our efforts into doing. Everything outside of that is out of our control. We’ll see what happens.
‘I am not liberated by what has happened, not at all. We all have our own thoughts on what happened. The team showed that it hasn’t affected us – if it had, we wouldn’t have put in a game like we did.’
Barcelona went on to beat Juventus comfortably in their Champions League encounter on Wednesday, which saw the Spanish team walk away with a clean sheet and three points in Turin.
And with a win over a high-profile side under their belts, Koeman is hoping Bartomeu’s exit has no impact on his side, who visit Deportivo Alaves on Saturday.
Victor Font is the favourite to take over as Barcelona president from the outgoing Bartomeu
Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to Barcelona so that he can work with Messi again
‘We have to think about the sporting side. After the president’s decision, the team played well,’ he said. ‘Hopefully it won’t affect us.’
Club legend Xavi has also been linked with a return to the club as manager while Carles Puyol could make a return as director of football.
Koeman has two years left on his contract at the Nou Camp.