But despite the 3-0 defeat by Juventus, Ronald Koeman’s position remains secure for the next two months due to the turbulent administrative situation following the recent resignation of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Since Bartomeu’s departure in October, the club has been run by interim president Carlos Tusquets and a management committee which, according to the club’s statutes, is only entitled to take “the decisions necessary to preserve the club’s normal activities and protect its interests”.
The appointment and dismissal of coaches are not within the committee’s powers, whose primary role is to organize the upcoming club presidency elections on January 24.
In fact, influential media critics have criticized Tickets for overstepping his role and publicly discussing the club’s affairs, such as saying in a recent interview that Lionel Messi was supposed to be sold in the summer.
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has also criticized Tusquets for discussing Messi’s future in the media, but the Dutch coach should be grateful for its sensitive stance that keeps him from being sacked.
Barcelona sacked coach Ernesto Valverde in January when the team was at the top of the La Liga and won the title twice in a row.
Quique Setien was later sacked for failing to win the title and after a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Koeman has more popularity among the fans because of his successful career as a player in Barcelona . He is the scorer that led the Catalan team to their first European Cup title in 1992. Still, his coaching record appears much worse than his predecessors.
Barcelona has lost 4 times in their 10 La Liga matches, 12 points behind leaders Atlético Madrid. In contrast, their defeat to Juventus has prevented them from winning their group top in the Champions League for the first time since the 2006-2007 season.
Ronald Koeman now has less than two months to turn the tide and convince the January election winner that he deserves to stay in office.