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Ronald Koeman reflects on Barcelona sacking, says he lacked support from Laporta

Ronald Koeman has opened up on his spell at Barcelona, claiming he wasn’t given enough time to get things right.

Koeman was appointed as Barca’s head coach by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu in 2020.

The Dutchman came up short in La Liga and Champions League in his debut season but did guide Barca to success in the Copa del Rey.

There was speculation regarding his role at Barca last summer, especially after Joan Laporta took over as president.

Laporta stuck with the former Everton boss, as he considered Xavi an inexperienced candidate at that time.

However, Koeman experienced a disastrous start to this season and was dismissed in October.

The former Netherlands chief has claimed he wasn’t given the same backing as Xavi is receiving now and cited injuries to key players as the reason for Barca’s struggles.

Koeman told Algemeen Dagblad (h/t Mundo Deportivo): “They didn’t give me the time they gave the new coach, Xavi. It’s still painful for me.

“I was working with many injured. Now Pedri is back in shape, and Ousmane Dembélé – you can see everything.

“I was not Laporta’s coach. I had that feeling from the first moment, after the elections, there was no click. That necessary support from above was lacking.

“The important thing was not money for me. I really wanted to succeed as a coach at Barcelona, ​​to do everything I could, but I realized that Laporta wanted to get rid of me because I wasn’t appointed by him”.

Despite some initial struggles, Xavi has settled in well at Camp Nou, helping Barca climb back to the top-four of the La Liga table and also beat Napoli in the Europa League.

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