Ronald Koeman will remain in charge of Barcelona next season, the club president Joan Laporta has confirmed.
Despite leading Barcelona to the Coppa del Rey title, Koeman has come under heavy scrutiny after failing to land either the Champions League or La Liga trophy.
Barca suffered another Champions League heartache, bowing out to Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, while they finished third in La Liga.
The Catalans have enjoyed a massive improvement compared to the 2019/20 season under Quique Setien. However, the opinions regarding Koeman’s work at Camp Nou are divided.
While there’s a fraction of Barca supporters who wanted to see the Dutchman hand over the managerial reins to the club legend Xavi Hernandez, some others believe he has done a fine job.
There’s no doubt that Koeman has helped Barcelona achieve a certain level of consistency they had lacked during Setien’s tenure. But the team’s inability to challenge for major titles remains a genuine reason for concern.
Many have thought that Laporta’s election will put an end to the 58-year-old’s reign in Catalonia, but things have turned out to be quite different.
Although Laporta himself had thrown Koeman’s future at Camp Nou into the corridor of doubt after winning the elections, he has now reassured the public of the club’s trust in the current manager.
“After this period of reflection, vice-president Rafael Yuste and myself have agreed that we will continue with the current contract that Ronald Koeman has,” he told the club’s official website.
“We are very satisfied to see that these conversations have resulted in a unity of opinion.
“We see the coach very motivated, and he already has a year of experience in this dressing room, which we will try to make more competitive. I think Koeman comes out on top because he is the coach we want.”