Guardiola endorses Ronald Koeman to lead Barca to glory

The former Everton manager's future was in doubt but a confirmation of his future by the club president, Joan Laporta means, he is on course next season.

Guardiola endorses Ronald Koeman to lead Barca to glory
Ronald Koeman

Pep Guardiola has praised Ronald Koeman for his performance the first year in charge of Barcelona.

The former coach of the Blaugranas believes the Dutchman is the right man for the job after guiding his side to winning the Copa del Rey although they came third in the Laliga and were knocked out in the Champions League round of 16.

Pep was considered by Barcelona president, Joan Laporta as the ideal replacement for Koeman this summer but the Premier League winner has no intention of parting ways with the Citizens especially after his Champions League loss against Chelsea.

During a golf game at the Legends Trophy in Mallorca enjoyed by the two managers, Pep Guardiola consented to Barca’s decision of keeping Ronald Koeman.

"He is a friend of mine. Coaches are always in a weaker position when we do not win, and a stronger one when we win," Guardiola said at the Legends Trophy in Mallorca published by Marca.

"I have been at three different clubs, but nothing is comparable to Barcelona or [Real] Madrid, where the repercussions are much greater, where everything is more difficult to control privately.

"I discussed this with Ronald, we are exposed to this. If you do not want this, do not dedicate yourself to it, but he is strong and has a lot of experience.

"He is the ideal coach for next season. I am very happy and the president [Joan Laporta] is convinced.

"It has been a difficult year for everyone, and Ronald deserves another year, with fans in the stadium. Besides, the second years are always better."