Ronald Koeman says he is ‘relieved’ after being handed a lifeline at Barcelona, as the Dutchman admits the scrutiny was ‘intense’ after a miserable debut campaign in the Nou Camp hot seat
- Ronald Koeman is relieved after receiving a lifeline for Barcelona Barcelona
- President Joan Laporta publicly supported Koeman after a poor first campaign
- Koeman, 58, says recent weeks have been ‘intense’ but focused on 2021-22
- The Catalans are looking for Atletico Madrid’s LaLiga title
Ronald Koeman says he is “relieved” to lead Barcelona next season after chiefs offered the besieged Dutchman a lifeline after a disappointing campaign at the Nou Camp.
Koeman, 58, succeeded Quique Setien last summer and was tasked with winning back the LaLiga title from arch-rival Real Madrid and progressing into the Champions League.
Barça, however, outperformed Madrid, who finished second behind champions Atletico Madrid, while the Catalans were dumped from Europe by Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.
Ronald Koeman is relieved to get a lifeline at Barcelona next season
The Spanish giants have had a miserable season finishing 3rd in LaLiga
As a result, Koeman looked over his shoulder at the Barcelona board that was notorious for axing underperforming managers.
Still, new president Joan Laporta revealed on Thursday that after “a period of reflection” the board decided to stick with the 58-year-old, giving him the opportunity to turn things around next season.
And Koeman has admitted he is “relieved” by the support of his superiors at the Camp Nou after an “intensive” few weeks, as the focus shifts to closing the gap on their rivals in Madrid in 2021-22.
However, President Joan Laporta has publicly supported Koeman to lead the team next season
And the Dutchman, 58, says the past few weeks have been ‘intense’ due to the speculation
“I am relieved that my players and staff can now fully focus on the new season,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“The past few weeks have been intense, but I am happy that President Joan Laporta has supported me and that peace has been restored.
“Everyone in the club has the same focus: build a winning Barça and achieve success! #ForçaBarça.’
Barcelona have already made big strides in the transfer market this summer, signing Man City’s Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia for free, while Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to make a free move from Liverpool.
Koeman added he is ‘completely focused’ on ‘building a winning team’ with Barca in 2021-22