Ronald Koeman will likely know his fate on Monday. The Barcelona boss will meet with president Joan Laporta and will learn if he is the man the club trust to see them into the 2021/22 season.
But the coach has already made it clear to the club that the squad needs to be strengthened if they are to return to competing for titles. As far as he’s concerned, the expectations the club have are not reflective of the squad he has at his disposal, and he wants them to be realistic.
Koeman said goodbye to his players on Sunday at breakfast, but it was a goodbye that he hopes is only temporary and he wants to return for next season. He believes that Laporta will allow him the chance to continue at the club when they meet this week.
The coach took stock of the season on Sunday morning, chatting with his squad about the year they had endured before thanking his players and coaching staff and wishing them luck in any tournaments they’re competing in this summer.
But his positivity and nice words don’t hide the fact that he hasn’t beaten around the bush in the last few days. Koeman has been clear that investment into the squad is needed in order for them to compete for silverware again anytime soon.
“This squad is not at the level that we want at Barcelona,” Koeman said after the narrow win over Eibar on Saturday. These words weren’t well received, nor were they considered to be necessary.
His position is clear. He feels he has done all that could have been asked of him in a transitional season and he wants the club to be realistic.
Despite the Dutchman’s opinion, Laporta thinks the Catalans should have been more competitive in LaLiga Santander and in the Champions League, bringing the doubts about his continuity.
The uncertainty will be resolved this week when the coach and president finally sit down to speak.