Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman used his press conference on Wednesday to read out a pre-prepared personal statement regarding the club’s situation, before leaving without answering any questions.
Koeman’s message was that the underperforming club were in a period of transition and the process required patience.
The Dutchman’s job has been the subject of much speculation following Barcelona’s slow start to the season, which has included a 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League that saw Koeman’s team fail to register a shot on target, and a draw against Granada at the Nou Camp that left the Catalan side eighth in LaLiga.
Speaking ahead of the league match at Cadiz on Thursday, Koeman said the club trusted him to lead the team through the changing times and the focus would be on young players.
“The club is with me in what is a process of reconstruction,” began the statement.
“The financial situation of the club is linked to the sporting performance of the team. That means that we have to rebuild the team without big money to spend and we need time.
“The young talents can be big starts in a couple of years and the good thing about rebuilding the team is that the young players will get their chance just as Xavi and (Andreas) Iniesta had theirs in their day. But patience is necessary.”
Setting the bar low for this season, Koeman continued: “Finishing in a high position this season will be a success.