Koeman hits out at Barca

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FC Barcelona's previous manager Ronald Koeman has now hit out at the Spanish giants following his sacking last year.

The Dutchman was relieved of his duties in October 2021 after 14 months at the helm.

Despite a good start to his tenure at the Camp Nou – finishing second in LaLiga and winning the Copa del Rey in 2020/21 – things quickly soured after Joan Laporta was re-elected as club president, replacing Josep Bartomeu.

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While there were whispers of tension between Koeman and the new president, things were also not going well on the pitch, with the club having fallen to ninth place on the league table by the time of his dismissal.

The Blaugrana were also in the midst of their worst-ever start to a UEFA Champions League campaign after back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Bayern Munich and Benfica in their first two group matches.

With things having improved under new boss Xavi Hernandez, the former Everton and Netherlands manager has now lifted the lid on his Blaugrana exit in dramatic fashion.

"They [Barca] did not give me the same time as Xavi," he said in an interview with Algemeen Dagblad.

"Laporta told me a thousand times that Xavi would not be his coach, because he lacked experience.

"You won't see me at the Camp Nou for a while, I cannot do that yet. With this president, I can’t pretend nothing happened."

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The 58-year-old also lamented the fact that he did not receive the financial backing he needed.

"I would have liked these signings [January signings Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] as well," Koeman added.

"But I'm happy for the club, since things are going better now, and for the players.

"It's nice to see Frenkie de Jong play good, old-fashioned football, he has so much quality.

"... The management insisted on the departure of some players to put the finances in order, and I agreed. But then you see that they pay €55 million for someone [Ferran Torres] shortly after letting [Lionel] Messi leave.

"Then you wonder if something else was going on? Why did Messi leave?"

Asked further about his relationship with Laporta, he contiued: "I was not Laporta's coach. I had that feeling from the first moment, after the elections, there was no connection between us. There was a lack of necessary support from 'above'.

"Money was never the important thing for me. I really wanted to succeed as a coach at Barcelona, to do everything I could, but I realised Laporta wanted to get rid of me because I was not appointed by him."

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