Barcelona is contemplating an option to replace current coach Ronald Koeman who is still under pressure at Camp Nou. Barcelona is compliant to pay a fee to hire current Belgium coach Roberto Martinez as a replacement for Ronald Koeman. This season’s football results so far have been poor under Koeman in extremely difficult circumstances. This fueled rumors that the legendary former Netherlands coach may only have a few games left to save his job at Camp Nou or face the sack.
Koeman refused to answer questions, when he faced the media on Wednesday, instead he read a prepared statement about the difficulties of rebuilding without financial resources. Barca is next scheduled to play against Cadiz on Thursday night. Then at the weekend Levante and Benfica when the Champions League resumes next week. Koeman’s team will be expected to win all three games, and if they don’t, the pressure and speculation will mount.
On Barca’s radar Martinez is another name. The 48-year-old former Wigan and Everton manager has been in charge of the Belgian national team since 2016, and the Red Devils have been ranked first in the world since late 2018. Breaking the Spaniard’s contract with Belgium, which expires after the World Cup in 2022, would be costly.
According to SPORT football news, for the club paying the €1.8m fee would be “no problem” and that it can be triggered at any time if Martinez receives a suitable offer. The situation would be different than when Koeman was fired as coach of the Netherlands.
On that occasion, to break the contract he had to pay €6 million out of his own pocket, though if his contract is not extended for the third season he will be compensated by Barça. Getting rid of Koeman and replacing him with Martinez would cost at least €7.8 million.
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