FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta Is Creating New Problems For His New Head Coach

Current FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is as

good as gone.The architect of five winless games on

the continent over the last two seasons, the

Dutchman cannot be blamed for all that is wrong at

Camp Nou amid financial and institutional problems.

But his attitude, defeatist comments to the press,

and baffling in-game decisions rest firmly on his

shoulders.It is believed to be only a matter of time

until the 58-year-old is shown the door, with no

changes made before tomorrow’s must-win clash

against La Liga holders Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.

There is then a 16-day break until Barca’s next outing,

though, a home meeting with Valencia, and the

international break that dominates the calendar up to

that point gives Laporta breathing space to ready a replacement.

One of four men should assume the hotseat to one of

the most high-pressure jobs in world soccer in either

Andrea Pirlo, Roberto Martinez, Xavi Hernandez or

Marcelo Gallardo.Of them, only Pirlo is available

immediately after being relieved of his duties in a

one-term-and-out tenure at Juventus.

Martinez leads the Belgium national team through

the semifinal of the Nations League against World

Cup winners France next week, while Hernandez is

tied down at Al-Sadd.And lastly, Gallardo does not

want to leave River Plate before his contract expires on December 31.

Regardless of who takes over the reins, problems

may arise before the new appointment has even had

the chance to lead their first session at the Joan

Gamper Training Center.According to reports from

Spain, Laporta is keen to appoint a high-performance

director as he thinks that “one of the biggest needs”

the first team has at the moment is to “modernize training beyond hiring a new coach”.

Whoever comes in for Koeman “will have to live with

this new position”, as Laporta does not want just a

single figure to focus on the players’ preparation for

the demands of the elite game.

Laporta believes that the current training

methodology employed by the Catalans has “dragged

on for years”, and that “new methodologies must be

applied” including an increment in intensity and more

professionalization in various aspects.It is no secret

that the president is a fan of the German new school

of coaching known for its pressing, and this was seen

through his failed courting of Julian Nagelsmann and Hansi Flick.

To bring his underperforming stars’ fitness up to

scratch, he is willing to risk a potential conflict

between his new coach and a high performance

director who will in essence take away tasks,

prominence and influence from Koeman’s successor.


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