Henrik Larsson has spoken about the chaotic 15 months he spent at Barcelona as assistant coach, criticising club president Joan Laporta for a lack of leadership in handling the sacking of Ronald Koeman.
The Swede, who provided two assists in Barcelona’s comeback win over Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League, joined the club’s coaching staff in August 2020 and was there during a period which included the pandemic, a change of president and Lionel Messi’s departur
“Of course it was turbulent,” he told Swedish Fotbollskanale
“During the first season everything went well until March, when we lost against Granada at hom
“After that we felt there was less support from above, after Laporta became presiden
“And so, it continued until the summer. We went on summer holidays and I didn’t know if I was going to continue the following season,” he adde
Larsson also believed that Koeman was treated extremely unfairly when he was sacked from his position as head coac
“We had a decision on this very late. It’s a pity,” he sai
“For me it doesn’t matter too much, but to treat Ronald Koeman like that, he didn’t deserve i
“After all the work we had done, the cleaning up that Ronald had done to make things possible, then I don’t think he deserved not to be told (that he was going to be sacked)
The Swedish legend also mentioned how much the departure of Lionel Messi affected the grou
“No one thought that Messi would leave the club and that affected the whole squad,” Larsson sai
“It was a tough moment, but as a coach you have to try to shut out the outside noise and know that you are there to wor
“There were days when we didn’t know if it was the last one or if we were going to continu
“That could easily have been avoided, but that would have required much better leadership than Laporta showed.”e.k.d.p..”t.d.h.d.t.e.n.e.