Ronald Koeman will stay on as Barcelona boss but his future hinges on returning to a 4-3-3 formation

Ronald Koeman is handed a Barcelona lifeline with under-fire boss given another year in charge after they failed to find a replacement… but he’s ‘been told he MUST play 4-3-3 and a more attacking style next season’

  • Ronald Koeman’s position had come under scrutiny after a tough end to last term
  • Barcelona finished seven points behind champions Atletico Madrid in LaLiga
  • But Koeman is set to remain as Barcelona manager heading into the new season
  • However, Koeman’s future reportedly hinges on him instilling a 4-3-3 formation 

Ronald Koeman is set to continue as Barcelona manager heading into the new season but he will be ordered to play a 4-3-3 formation, according to reports.

Koeman had come under heavy scrutiny, and his position as manager was in doubt, following an alarming end to the season – which saw Barcelona finish seven points behind champions Atletico Madrid in LaLiga while they also were heavily beaten at the last-16 stage of the Champions League by PSG.

However, according to SER Catalunya, via their ‘Qu’e t’hi jugues!’ programme, Koeman will remain in charge of the Spanish giants, who will confirm the arrangement regarding his future before next Friday.

Ronald Koeman is set to remain as Barcelona manager despite a tough end to last season

Ronald Koeman is set to remain as Barcelona manager despite a tough end to last season

Koeman will continue until his contract runs out in June 2022 after the club reportedly failed to find a replacement but it is not yet clear whether president Joan Laporta will extend his Nou Camp deal by a further year.

Laporta has been in discussions with Koeman over his future in recent days, and the report claims that Barca’s new president will force the Dutchman to return to a 4-3-3 formation next season.

Koeman has long persisted with a back three, and used it regularly in the run-in as Barcelona faded away in the title race.

However, the 4-3-3 formation will be ‘non-negotiable’ for Koeman, with Laporta desperately looking to restore the glory days and wanting Barcelona to play more offensive football again.

Joan Laporta, with new signing Eric Garcia, wants Koeman to return to a 4-3-3 formation

Joan Laporta, with new signing Eric Garcia, wants Koeman to return to a 4-3-3 formation

Joan Laporta, with new signing Eric Garcia, wants Koeman to return to a 4-3-3 formation

Laporta has also reportedly set the women’s team as an example of how he wants Koeman’s side to play next season.

The latest reports follow on from Diario Sport on Tuesday, who stated that Koeman  could put pen to paper on a new contract that would combine an extra year added to his existing deal (finishing in 2022) and with a reduction in his basic pay – linked to the club’s effort to reduce their crippling wage bill.

The pay cut will be compensated by a spike in what he will earn in bonuses if he delivers trophies next season.

Barcelona haven’t won the league in the past two seasons while they have to go back to 2015 for the last time they lifted the Champions League.

As well as Garcia, Sergio Aguero and Emerson Royal have arrived at Barcelona this summer

As well as Garcia, Sergio Aguero and Emerson Royal have arrived at Barcelona this summer

As well as Garcia, Sergio Aguero and Emerson Royal have arrived at Barcelona this summer

But they are desperate for the glory days to return and have been busy in the window recently.  

Barca have recruited Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal in as many days while Georginio Wijnaldum could also be confirmed as arriving on a free with Memphis Depay following him pending the sale of players. 

Three of those signings were requested by Koeman at different points of last season. He has made no secret of his desire to bring in Dutch internationals Depay and Wijnaldum on free transfers. He also asked for Garcia to arrive in the January window. 

There has been less enthusiasm for the arrival of Aguero and right back Emerson because he favours Sergino Dest and Depay but the Argentine has been sold to him as a strategic recruitment to appease Lionel Messi who now looks set to stay at the club. And Emerson’s season at Betis under Manuel Pellegrini has left Barcelona believing he will strengthen the right-back position. 

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