08/09/2021; 12:15 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Dutch manager Ronald Koeman is getting his hopes up and wants to be at the helm at the Camp Nou for many years.
The longest any manager has managed at FC Barcelona is eight years and is credited to Johan Cryuff, who held the reins at the Catalan club from 1988 to 1996. The closest any other coach has managed is when fellow Dutchman Frank Rijkaard led the team from 2003 to 2008. The vaunted Pep Guardiola could only do four years.
Usually, the lifespan of a coach at one of the greatest clubs in football history depends on the style of play, trophies or the lack of it or if the fans have just gotten tired of your face.
It’s a hot seat at the Camp Nou, and anyone who knows a thing or two about football knows that a coach is just one loss away from getting the boot.
With the departure of Lionel Messi to PSG, Barcelona have lost perhaps about 30-40 per cent of the team. That is the situation FC Barcelona find themselves in. The financial restrictions on the club left the team depleted. It has made injecting the side with fresh blood difficult. Within these restrictions, the club president has managed to put together a decent squad.
Ronald Koeman has a tough job ahead of him. The Dutchman has to find ways to stem the impact of the loss of Lionel Messi and keep the fans interested in the team affairs. He has to get this team ticking and to compete well in the Champions League and, of course, La Liga.
Despite the challenges that lie before Koeman, excuses should be in short supply because the fans aren’t disposed to that.
Ronald Koeman has a contract that runs out at the end of the season, but he desires to be around for a long time to come. The former Camp Nou legend wants to stay beyond his current contract.
His ongoing deal at Camp Nou expires at the end of this season. However, the Dutchman has explained that he desires to carry on his role at the helm after the expiry date. Camp Nou's former legend player Koemen believes he could get the best out of the latest generation players and bring back Barcelona to its rightful spot.
Speaking to Diario Sport, he said he’s open to renewal and is excited to coach the team for many years.
His long term stay will, however, be dependent on a few factors. They include trophies but the Copa del Rey will be an exclusion. Style of play comes in next while his management of the La Masia players factors in as well.