Ronald Koeman reportedly owes his Barcelona job to Jordi Cruyff, who "begged" Joan Laporta to give the Dutchman more time at the club.
Jordi, the son of Barca legend Johan Cruyff, reached out in aid of his fellow compatriot to ensure he got the chance to prove himself.
But Laporta publicly backed Koeman, insisting that he deserves more time. Speaking ahead of the loss to Atletico, Laport said: "Ronald Koeman will continue as the coach of Barca, he deserves a margin of confidence. Koeman is a cule and a reference point for Barcelona.
“I have spoken with him and I have drawn my conclusions. I really appreciate that he is leading Barca at a time of difficulty.”
And now, Catalan television channel TV3, via the Daily Mail, have claimed that it was Cruyff who changed Laporta's mind about Koeman. The report claims that Cruyff's argued that Koeman be allowed to oversee the squad until the injured players return to fitness - a plea that Laporta seemed to agree with.
The 47-year-old was also backed to replace Koeman at Camp Nou, but said in an interview: "I would never substitute Koeman, that would be very ugly and I have principles."
Laporta was also questioned about his disagreements with Koeman, but insisted that they have been for the greater good.
“It has been said that we have a cold relationship and that is not true,” Laporta asserted. “We have a good, sincere relationship. He is a good person and I believe that he thinks the same of me. We are all trying to make things happen for the better.”