Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman and President Joan Laporta ‘didn’t say a WORD to each other on the plane home from their humble loss to Benfica’ as the bag looms over the under fire Dutchman
- Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman appears to be a dead man walking in the Nou Camp
- His team had a bad start to the season and were beaten 3-0 by Benfica
- Koeman and chef Joan Laporta would have sat on the plane home in silence
- Their relationship has now turned ‘cold’ with Koeman’s resignation inevitable
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman’s fractious relationship with President Joan Laporta has now turned ‘cold’ after the pair ignored each other on the plane home from their humiliating 3-0 loss to Benfica.
The Catalan team had a sad start to the season under the Dutchman and his position as coach seems untenable. Sports post reported this week that it is a matter of when, not if he will be fired.
Spanish media poured out criticism of his Barça side after their humiliation in Portugal, with many media calling the loss a ‘disaster’, and now the Spanish outlet Sport claiming that the relationship between Koeman and Laporta took a different turn when the team traveled back.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta (L) and boss Ronald Koeman (R) reportedly haven’t said a word to each other after the club’s humiliating defeat to Benfica
Barcelona was well beaten by the Portuguese side to put pressure on the Dutchman
The report describes the feeling between the couple as having a ‘cold’, and when they boarded their plane back to Barcelona there was ‘no conversation between them, nor the slightest exchange of views’.
Koeman and Laporta “didn’t exchange a word” except for a “polite good night,” it claims, while the club chief instead spent most of the trip sleeping.
They both sat together in the front row of the plane, it says, along with Koeman’s assistant Alfred Schroeder and director Rafael Yuste.
Koeman is living on borrowed time and it’s a matter of when, not if he gets kicked out by the club
It comes as Barcelona continue to weigh their options over Koeman’s firing – what now appears to be a formality – after the directors stayed up until 4am to decide when to pull the trigger after Benfica’s return. .
Laporta and his fellow board members debated into the early hours how they would circumvent LaLiga’s Financial Fair Play rules to fire him – with Koeman expected to remain in charge for Saturday’s game against Atletico Madrid, although he has been banned from the sidelines .
Barcelona are on international break to install a new coach, but their options are limited by Spanish League rules which are applied to teams not operating within the salary limits imposed by LaLiga.
Legendary midfielder Xavi has been made one of the favorites to replace him, while Belgian boss Roberto Martinez would be another target for Laporta.