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Barcelona Boss Ronald Koeman Lashes Out at Media, Criticises Board Over Lack of Support

Ronald Koeman says he is being disrespected by the Barca board and media
Ronald Koeman says he is being disrespected by the Barca board and media / David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman hit out at the media, and claimed he has not been supported by the club's board as he continues to be in the dark over his future.

Koeman has come under pressure this season as his side dropped out of the LaLiga title race and were dumped out of the Champions League, and club president Joan Laporta said earlier this week that changes were "imminent", with various reports claiming club legend Xavi had been approached to replace the Dutchman at Camp Nou.

"You need to respect your coach and players more," said Koeman ahead of his side's trip to Eibar. "In the last part of the season I've not felt the support of the club. We've not spoken about the future. There's been times when I've had to be a spokesman for the club and that should be noted."

Koeman added: "Things have come out in the press. They don't deserve that kind of treatment, things should be done differently. I know there's a lot of pressure here and I accept this, but sometimes I think in this country there's much more of a culture with the media getting involved with a coach's future, which I think is disrespectful."

Barcelona go into the final weekend of the LaLiga in third place behind rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, and are guaranteed to finish outside the top two for the first time since 2007-08.