‘I will not fire anyone at all’: Interim Barcelona president Carles Tusquets gives his full backing to Ronald Koeman despite nightmare start to the season as he claims boss is ‘doing well’ and ‘absolutely has my full support’
- Barcelona are struggling this season under Ronald Koeman, appointed in August
- The Catalan side lie fifth in LaLiga, as close to 18th as they are to Atletico in first
- But interim president Carles Tusquets has publicly backed the ex-Holland boss
Barcelona interim president Carles Tusquets has given his full support to under-fire manager Ronald Koeman.
The club has been in turmoil on and off the pitch with captain and talisman Lionel Messi‘s contract situation unresolved, presidential elections set for January 24th and the team performing badly.
But Tusquets, currently in temporary charge behind the scenes after Josep Bartomeu’s resignation and before the elections next month, insisted he would stick by Koeman.
Ronald Koeman has struggled as Barcelona manager since his appointment in August 2020
And the 69-year-old praised, in particular, the Dutchman’s commitment to youth and consistent use of promising players like Pedri, Ansu Fati and several others.
He told Mundo Deportivo: ‘I will not fire anyone, at all. [Ronald] Koeman is doing well, he has great criteria, he bets on the youth system and young players. He absolutely has my support and he will always have it. I’ve eaten with him recently and I found him to be optimistic.’
Discussing Lionel Messi and the economic situation at the club, he added: ‘I think he has the answer. If we look at his contract, the decision is his.
Koeman criticised his side’s defensive performance after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Valencia
But interim Barcelona president Carles Tusquets has given Koeman his full support publicly
‘When the stadium is reopened it will not be very difficult to recover this club, not in the economic sphere and I hope not in the sporting sphere.
‘Barcelona are betting on a new generation of players, which suits the club right now as we are in the midst of a change of cycle.’
The Catalan club are currently struggling in LaLiga, lying fifth but as close to 18th-placed Getafe in the relegation zone as they are to leaders Atletico Madrid.
The future of talisman Lionel Messi is still uncertain with his contract expiring in six months
They lost further ground in the title race with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Valencia on Saturday, while Koeman criticised his side’s weak defence during the match.
There is also uncertainty over the future of several first-team stars, with former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho reportedly on the chopping block.
Presidential candidates Emili Rousaud and Joan Laporta have also expressed their opinion on the future of Messi – who can start negotiating with foreign clubs to leave on a free…
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