‘Koeman tightens the noose’: Spanish papers rip into under-fire Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman after he refused to answer any questions in a press conference before walking out

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  • Ronald Koeman is under pressure after the start of Barcelona’s season
  • Admittedly, Boss Koman has only a few games left to avoid the sack.
  • He refused to take questions at a press conference, instead reading from a script
  • Spanish newspapers on Thursday stressed the need for Barca to win against Cadiz

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The Spanish press fired Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman after he read a prepared statement instead of answering questions at his press conference on Wednesday morning.

The Dutch coach should have included the Barcelona manager’s scheduled pre-match appearance for Cadiz before the game, but Koeman instead read a sad statement asking fans to be patient.

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At the end of the three-minute discourse, he got up from his seat and left.

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The Spanish media was condemning the actions of the Blaugrana boss, especially Mundo Deportivo, who claimed he had ‘hit the floor’.

After reading his statement, Ronald Koeman left without questions from the media.

Mundo Deportivo front page reads 'Comman hits the floor' after boss statement

Mundo Deportivo front page reads ‘Comman hits the floor’ after boss statement

Mundo also reported that club president Joan Laporta had responded hours after Koman’s conference, stating that ‘he would remain coach at the principal’.

sportsmail It was reported on Tuesday that, in the wake of a difficult week in which his side fell to a loss to Bayern Munich and a draw with Grenada, Koeman has just a few games left to defend his job.

MARCA’s front page claimed that the Barca manager ‘stopped communicating’ after refusing to take questions from the media.

While AS parted ways with a very damning verdict accusing Koeman of tightening the noose.

MARCA front page claims Barcelona boss has stopped communicating

MARCA front page claims Barcelona boss has stopped communicating

AS said Koeman had swapped his press conference for a pessimistic statement

AS said Koeman had swapped his press conference for a pessimistic statement

Catalan-based newspaper Sport highlighted Barcelona’s desperation to win their LaLiga match against Cadiz on Thursday.

The game went with the title: ‘To win.’ Its front page stated that the result of league stability was important to ‘improve Barcelona’s image’ and ‘straighten the project’.

Blaugrana are eighth on the table this season with just two wins so far. Koman has only a few games left to save his job and he needs to make each one count.

SPORT terms manager’s press conference actions ‘unstable’

Under-fire Barcelona boss Koman reads out a lengthy statement at his press conference

Under-fire Barcelona boss Koman reads out a lengthy statement at his press conference

Catalan newspaper Sport's headline calls Barcelona's clash with Cadiz a 'necessary win'

Catalan newspaper Sport’s headline calls Barcelona’s clash with Cadiz a ‘necessary win’

Koman began his press conference on Wednesday before politely greeting everyone: ‘The club is with me which is in the process of rebuilding.

The club’s economic condition is closely linked to the team’s sporting performance. It means we have to rebuild the team without big bucks to spend and we need time.

“Young talent can become big stars in a few years and the great thing about rebuilding the team is that young players will get their chance, as Xavi and Iniesta had. But patience is necessary.

A tough week saw Barcelona and Koman lose to Bayern Munich and then draw with Granada

A tough week saw Barcelona and Koman lose to Bayern Munich and then draw with Granada

Koman (pictured in training) is under pressure after Barcelona's poor start this season

Koman (pictured in training) is under pressure after Barcelona’s poor start this season

Lowering the bar for this season, Koman said: ‘It will be a success to finish in a high place this season.

‘European football is a good school for these young players but miracles cannot be expected in the Champions League. The loss to Bayern Munich last week should be viewed from this perspective.

Koman sat with his glasses on and his head bowed as he carefully read the prepared speech.

It is understood that Koeman did not tell the club's board that he would be reading a statement.

It is understood that Koeman did not tell the club’s board that he would be reading a statement.

The coach continued: ‘The process we are in with the team deserves unconditional support, both in word and in deed. I know the media understands this process.

This is not the first time this has happened in the club’s history. We count on your support during this difficult time.

‘The dressing room is very happy with the support from the fans against Grenada.’

Coman concluded with ‘Visca el Barca’ (Long Live Barca) and thanked everyone.

In the meantime, Laporta has asked the fanbase to ‘stand by’ the team even though the campaign really started to be a nightmare.

The club president shared his petition on Twitterhandjob Recognizing that the club understands ‘what needs to be done’.

He also emphasized that the issues would be “resolved” soon and asked for “calm”.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta also asked the club's supporters to stand by the team.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta also asked the club’s supporters to stand by the team.

Koeman may be confident he can turn the club’s bad fortunes around, but the ax is yet to fall as Barcelona cannot afford to sack him. That move would cost around £10 million to cover his contract and compensation.

Should Koman be able to successfully maintain his team in the title race or top four challenge, he is likely to remain in charge. But if the crisis deepens, the hierarchy is ready to make changes in the dugout.

Belgian boss Roberto Martinez has been tipped to take Koeman’s place, but when asked if he would be tempted to take the hotseat, Martinez kept quiet and labeled the reports as simple ‘rumours’. did.

Koman’s full statement

Hi. The club is with me in the process of rebuilding.

The financial position of the club is linked to the sports performance of the team. It means we have to rebuild the team without big bucks to spend and we need time.

Young talent can become big stars in a few years time and the good thing about rebuilding the team is that young players will get the same opportunities as Xavi and Iniesta had. But patience is necessary.

Finishing high this season will be a success.

European football is a good school for these young players but miracles cannot be expected in the Champions League. Last week’s loss to Bayern Munich should be seen from this perspective.

The process in which we are with the squad deserves unconditional support both in word and deed. I know the media understands this process.

This is not the first time this has happened in the club’s history. We count on your support during this difficult time.

The dressing room is very happy with the support of the fans against Grenada.

Barcelona for a long time. Thank you.

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