Barcelona president Joan Laporta has warned Ronald Koeman he won't be afraid to "make tough decisions" if the team's form does not improve soon.
Barca have made their worst start to a LaLiga season since the 1987-88 campaign, and have won just four of the opening 10 games under Koeman. Laporta previously requested the club's fans to be patient with the team, but has now sent a warning to the Dutchman, insisting that the board will not hold back from making tough decisions if and when needed.
"We are responsible for managing the club," Laporta has told El Chiringuito. "We have more information when it comes to making decisions and we have to consider everything much more. It is not a problem for us to make decisions of any kind, and if we have to take them at a certain time, we will take them, [either if they are] economic, sporting or social.
"We are behind the coach. [Koeman] is the coach of Barcelona's first team and what we want is for things to go well for him. The coaches, not only Koeman, depend a lot on their results and in the case of Barcelona, [they are judged] every game. But Koeman is our coach and we are behind him now."
Koeman walked out of a Barca press conference on Thursday after reading a statement to the media present and refused to answer questions. Laporta claimed that Koeman's decision to not field questions was "unnecessary" and admitted the club did not know until the last minute that Koeman was going to react in that manner.
Laporta said of Koeman’s decision: "I think it was not necessary, answering questions you can always explain yourself. We found out at the last minute that he wanted to make this statement and well, he has the obligation to attend the press conference and is free to respond or express himself as he considers.
"We respect the coach's decision, but we found out shortly before you (the media), as did the club captains."