Koeman insists he has Barca backing

23 September 2021 17:54:32 GMTPlus11
Koeman wants fans behind the team

Ronald Koeman insists he has the support of Barcelona's hierarchy to lead the club through their ongoing period of transition.

There has been growing speculation surrounding the future of Koeman at Barca following an indifferent start to the season, with the club priced at 8/1 to claim La Liga glory after winning only two of their opening four domestic matches of the campaign.

The club is with me in this period of reconstruction.

Ronald Koeman

The Blaugrana were also comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou in their opening Champions League match of the season, which has led to speculation linking the likes of Belgium boss Roberto Martinez with succeeding Koeman in the dugout.

Koeman, who signed a two-year deal when taking over as Barcelona's head coach in the summer of 2020, has not been helped by the club's ongoing financial troubles which were described as "very worrying" by president Juan Laporta last month.

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This summer saw the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann depart the club in an attempt to balance the books, with Koeman admitting patience will be required to turn the club's fortunes around, but he feels he is the right man for the task.

Koeman calls for support

Reading a pre-prepared statement at a news conference on Thursday, Koeman told reporters: "The club is with me in this period of reconstruction. We have to reconstruct the team as a squad without making big investments and this takes time.

"The young talents we have can become world stars in a couple of years. The young players will have opportunities, just as Xavi and (Andres) Iniesta had in their day, but we ask for patience.

"Finishing high in the table would be a success on its own and in the Champions League we cannot expect miracles. The defeat against Bayern should be taken with perspective.

"The team should be supported, with words and with actions."

Koeman was speaking ahead of Barca's La Liga clash at Cadiz on Thursday where they will be looking to end a run of just one win from their previous four matches across all competitions.

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