This Monday, the media Catalunya Radio reveals the clauses of the contract of the coach Ronald Koeman, weakened on the bench of Barcelona. A dismissal during the season could cost up to 14 million euros and even a departure in June at the end of his lease will not be free …
Ronald Koeman will not leave Catalonia empty-handed…
“I do not know if my future is at stake because I have not been told anything about it. (…) I have no fear for my future. In the end, it’s the club and the president who decide.” Present in a press conference on Sunday, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman displayed a surprising serenity on the eve of the kick-off of the 3-match ultimatum that has been granted to him and that starts this Monday (9pm) with the reception of Granada in the framework of the 5th day of La Liga.
Koeman under pressure It must be said that Catalunya Radio has just revealed information that partly explains why the Catalan leaders will not rush to dismiss the technician, weakened by the rout at home against Bayern Munich (0-3) last Tuesday in the Champions League, but also by his public criticism of his president Joan Laporta.
According to the Spanish media, an early separation would indeed force Barça, in great financial difficulty, to pay a considerable sum to the 58-year-old!
No extension = compensation?
At this stage of the season, a sacking would cost 14 million euros! An important amount for a technician whose contract ends in June 2022… However, even at the end of the year, if Barça decides not to continue with the Dutchman at the end of his lease, he will also have to pay!
The fault of a clause negotiated by the technician at the time of his arrival in the summer of 2020. The Dutchman had argued that he was leaving his position as coach of the Netherlands to join the Blaugrana and that he will suffer a “prejudice” if he does not extend beyond June 2022. In this case, Koeman would be entitled to claim 6 million euros from Barça as “compensation”!
Given the context, while the names of technicians like Erik ten Hag or Xavi are already circulating, it would be very surprising to see Koeman continue beyond the current season, which means that Barça will have to pay him a nice check in any case.
It remains to be seen if the directors will wait until June or if they will take action earlier, depending on the results, with the financial cost that such a decision would imply…