Poor old Ronald Koeman, The man whom they affectionately call Tintin in Spain is now trudging on like an out of sorts Captain Haddock. His Valencia side are just above the relegation zone in 11th place in La Liga and if the pressure from the fans and the media alike wasn’t enough, the players too have commenced hinting at their disapproval of the Dutchman.
Goal.com quotes the Valencia winger Joaquin as saying that things have got worse since the arrival of Koeman in early November. He told Marca:
Since the coach joined, the situation has been deteriorating. Sometimes we’ve shown improvement in individual matches, but not so often – that decreases our confidence even more. The squad is working hard, despite the doubts. It’s hard to get out of this situation, but we’re the only one who’ll fix it.” Everything hits us – the dismissal of Quique as well as the controversy that followed. The squad has been affected, and it’s evident that things aren’t going well. It’s a hard situation because they were important players for so long. It was hard, for although we didn’t want to rock the boat and make comments, they were strong squad members and the team didn’t take it too well. I don’t know what I’d have done in that situation… there may have been problems. It’s all very difficult.
Now that players too have started chipping in, apparently targeting their coach, maybe Koeman should now realize that he can no longer control the situation. It would be for the best interest of the club that Koeman resigns. Maybe President Juan Soler should now try and seek the address of Quique Sanchez Flores who was given the sack at 4.23am in late late October. Bring Quique back!