Ronald Koeman Already Fearing for Barcelona Future

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The former Netherlands coach is already feeling the pressure | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is already fearful that his job is under threat and that he could be replaced at the end of the season.

The former Southampton, Everton and Netherlands manager replaced Quique Setien following a humbling 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

But according to Marca, Koeman has started to tell those close to him that he feels mistrust due to the current situation at the club.

Barça will hold their presidential elections in 2021, where a new club president will take over from the unpopular Josep Maria Bartomeu. With each candidate having different ideas of how the club show be run, Koeman's position in the Camp Nou hot-seat is under some threat before the competitive season has even got underway.

It is reported that some board members see the Dutchman being in charge for only this season, and it has been previously reported that Xavi is in contention to take over once a new president has been elected.

The decision to leave his home country for Barcelona was a tough one, but Koeman revealed at his unveiling last month that this is his dream job.

"Over the past two and a half years, I have done everything I can to achieve success with the team," he said (via the Guardian), speaking of his role with the Netherlands.

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Koeman was part of the Barcelona squad that won their first European Cup in 1992 | JOSEP LAGO/Getty Images

“I look back with pride on what we have achieved together in that period. The Dutch national team has a bright future, I am convinced of that. Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club. It feels very special to me to be able to become a coach there.”

As part of the shake-up at Barcelona, club legend Luis Suarez was sold to Atletico Madrid, and gave an emotional press conference on Thursday.