Ronald Koeman: Barcelona boss ‘fed up’ with defending himself

Koeman loved a profitable profession as a Barcelona participant however has struggled as supervisor

Underneath-pressure Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman says he’s “fed up” with having to defend himself.

Reviews say the Dutchman is getting ready to being sacked after Barca misplaced their first two Champions League video games and are struggling in La Liga.

However earlier than Saturday’s journey to reigning champions Atletico Madrid, Koeman stays at nighttime about his Nou Camp future.

“No person has stated something to me,” he stated on Friday.

“The president [Joan Laporta] was right here however I have not seen him as a result of we have been getting ready for tomorrow’s recreation.

“I’m nonetheless right here, however I’ve eyes and ears and a number of issues filter by way of.

“I’m fed up of getting to defend myself. It is senseless. Right now isn’t the time, however someday I want to speak all about what I consider all this.”

Nevertheless, the previous Everton and Netherlands coach refused to reply a query about his relationship with Laporta, merely saying: “I’m nonetheless right here.”

Relations between the pair have been strained – bordering on poisonous – since Laporta was elected as membership president in March.

The Catalan aspect have been fighting life after the departure of membership legend Lionel Messi, dropping 3-0 to Benfica within the Champions League in midweek and they’re sixth in La Liga, 5 factors behind leaders Actual Madrid with a recreation in hand after three attracts in six video games.

On Thursday, Spanish soccer professional Guillem Balague instructed BBC Sport it’s “only a matter of time” earlier than Koeman is sacked.

“Timing is of the essence, not solely to eliminate Koeman but in addition to get a plan in place,” stated Balague.

However Koeman, Barcelona’s match-winner as a participant within the 1992 European Cup closing, needs to deal with Saturday’s recreation.

“I’m not an important,” he stated. “A optimistic result’s extra vital than one individual. Everybody is aware of I’m right here out of affection for the membership. I got here in a really difficult scenario.”

When requested by one journalist what had been his finest and worst second in cost on the membership since arriving simply over a 12 months in the past, Koeman replied: “The most effective second? After I signed to change into Barca coach. The worst second? When Messi left.”

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