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Ronald Koeman’s response to Barcelona sack rumours as Roberto Martinez lined up

Ronald Koeman could be relieved of his duties if results don’t quickly turn around at Barcelona, with Roberto Martinez emerging as a potential replacement, but the Dutchman doesn’t seem too worried

Koeman says Barcelona must move on after Messi exit

Ronald Koeman’s future appears very much in the balance after rumours have emerged that Barcelona are contemplating sacking the Dutchman and replacing him with current Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez.

Barcelona have struggled to adapt to life after Lionel Messi and two 3-0 defeats in the Champions League to Bayern Munich and Benfica have not gone down well within the club’s hierarchy

Barcelona president Joan Laporta reportedly held a dressing room meeting with the players without Koeman following their recent humiliation against Benfica, stirring rumours once more that the Dutchman could be sacked.

Despite the rumours, Koeman doesn’t seem too worried about his potential imminent departure as he spoke to the media ahead of Barcelona’s huge clash with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Ronald Koeman is on the verge of being sacked by Barcelona


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When asked if he was going to remain as the club’s manager, Koeman said: “I’m still staying, yes. I know that it always depends on the results, it is the most normal thing.

“My intention is to follow the plan. The club has not told me anything. Everyone knows that I am here for the love of the club, in a very difficult situation.

“The club hasn’t told me anything. The president was here this morning [Friday] but I haven’t seen him. I know things have been leaked and probably they are true. But he hasn’t told me anything.”

When asked about his relationship with the president, Koeman appeared frustrated as he said: “My relationship with the President? I’m not going to answer this question.

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“I am tired of defending myself. We have done important things, we have had and assumed changes in the club. I would like to speak one day and speak well about what I think.”

Koeman defended himself as he referred to the lack of funds that he has had to work with, and how difficult the situation has been for his side throughout Barcelona’s financial crisis, and losing Messi.

The Dutchman said: “I don’t know if another coach would do better… I don’t know. The squad is the one we have. We always talk about the system but the system is created by the type of players and if you don’t have wingers you have to look for full-backs.

“If I had a bag of money, I would still have Messi here.

“If we recover all the attackers we will have a strong squad and the youngsters are gaining their place. The squad is out of balance at the moment. There is a lack of available players.

“We lack effectiveness… And that is important. Atletico Madrid last year created fewer opportunities than us but they are a team capable of scoring. The other day we created up to four times… But we didn’t score.”

If Barcelona have a poor result against Atletico on Saturday, the writing could be on the wall for Koeman with the current Belgian boss being lined up, as the Catalan club look to rebuild following their financial crisis.

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