From this time distance, it seems that he made a strategic mistake when he left the bench of the Netherlands and accepted a job in, then - and nothing is much better now - chaotic Barcelona. Ronald Koeman listened to his heart, he was driven by the desire to do as a coach what he did during his playing career in Catalonia, but it lasted a little over a year.
It will be written that he won Copa del Ray during that time, however, the general impression is that he was disappointed. He assures that he could not have done better, because the support of the leaders was lacking. More precisely, Josep Maria Bartomeu brought him, and Joan Laporta replaced him as soon as he won the elections and promoted Xavi.
"They didn't give me as much time as they give to Xavi. And it hurts me. Laporta told me a thousand times that he will not bring Xavi to the bench, because he lacks experience ", is one of the statements of Koeman in the interview for the Dutch newspaper in the first public address after the dismissal before the end of October 2021.
He is so indignant about the way the cooperation was interrupted and the bad relations with the new president that it does not occur to him to appear even on a friendly visit. "You will not see me at the Nou Camp for a while.
I can't come to that stadium yet, nor can I pretend in the presence of the current president that nothing happened." "The board of directors should be patient in the case of each coach, and I worked without a lot of injured players.
Now Pedri is in shape again, Ousmane Dembele is also available. "
Ronald Koeman regrets
He regrets that players like Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres, and Adama Traore, hired in the January transfer window, were not brought to him.
"I would like to have them in the team, but I am happy for the club because the situation is better now." "Besides, it's nice to see Frankie de Jong play as he used to because he has the quality that Barça recommended."
Although, it is not clear to him how Barcelona was left without Lionel Messi, Miralem Pjanić, Antoine Griezmann, Jean Claire Todibo, Emerson Royal this summer. "At the insistence of the management, I agreed to sell some players in order to put the finances in order.
And then shortly after that, we witness how Barcelona paid one player 55,000,000 euros (Ferran Torres) shortly after releasing Lionel Messi." In such circumstances, you wonder if something else happened. And - why did Messi have to leave? "