It is no secret that Spanish giants FC Barcelona are in a mess at the moment, but just as they thought they had found a resolution for their on-field woes, they have received another setback over current head coach Ronald Koeman.
Barca were forced to part ways with star player Lionel Messi over the summer due to their financial situation, the club could not afford to pay his astronomical wages.
Messi did offer to take a 50% pay cut to stay at his boyhood club, however, the La Liga ruled that said percentage is too great of a reduction in wages so the Argentine forward left for PSG.
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Koeman’s side currently are sat in seventh-position in the league after three games, winning twice and drawing once, but the board are keen to replace the former Everton boss.
In June, Barca appointed Jordi Cruyff, son of footballing legend Johan Cruyff, as their sporting advisor in a bid to be a replacement for Koeman if he departs the club.
However, Cruyff has confirmed to the club that he does not want to manage the club and would not betray his good friend Koeman, according to Sport ES.
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This is not thought to be the first time that Cruyff has been approached to take over as manager at the Catalan side, and with the way things are going, it probably won’t be the last.
Koeman currently has Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, Pedri and Jordi Alba all sidelined, so to still be unbeaten at this stage is quite impressive.
After he was appointed as sporting director, Cruyff wanted to make it known that he had no intention of becoming Barca boss.
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He told the Spanish newspaper Marca: “Neither in my head nor in that of anyone at Barça is the idea of replacing Koeman". "It would seem very ugly to me, I have principles,"
"Neither has the possibility of replacing Koeman been hinted at nor does it enter into my plans. I have known Ronald for almost 30 years and he already knows that with me he has a person to help.”
The return of some of Koeman’s sidelined players could see the team climb the table, and they will need to bounce back in the Champions League too after being thumped 3-0 by Bayern Munich earlier this week.
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