The war of the roses feared by many in the wake of the split between FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman does not materialize. As the Newspaper of Catalonia (via marca.com) reported, the club and ex-coach have now agreed on a friendly termination of the contract, which actually runs until June 2022.
And that is, according to the report, mainly thanks to the “generosity” of the former club legend (scored the golden goal in the first CL triumph of Blaugrana in 1992 against Sampdoria Genoa).
Because Koeman could also have insisted on the contractual severance payment of twelve million euros. But in order to get the matter out of the world as quickly as possible and not even to create the image of the greedy clearer, the Koeman side has agreed to a comparison.
FC Barcelona is now paying the Dutchman an amount of ten million euros. With the promise to do so by the end of the year.
This is the end of a very turbulent time for both sides. One must not forget: when Koeman took over the club, he was just licking the wounds that had been torn open by the Catalans’ devastating 8-2 defeat by Bayern in the penultimate Champions League season.
As a result, Koeman also had to deal with the permanent Messi theater regarding its whereabouts or non-whereabouts, and at the same time, and with manageable financial resources, herald a new start.
As was to be expected, he only succeeded in doing this in part. After all, the trophy cabinet was expanded to include a king’s cup last season. In the league, the Catalans finished third – seven points behind champions Atlético.
Two points from his last four league games of this year’s season, with defeats at Clásico and Rayo Vallecano as well as a playful 3-0 lead in Vigo, left those responsible with almost no other choice than the Dutchman, who is also part of the Cabin had lost to separate.