With the club passing through series of torrid times amidst inconsistencies on the pitch birthed by more than £1bn of financial debt, Club legend, Yaya Toure has offered himself to be of assistance to his former home in any capacity.
Barcelona’s crisis has been a major concern for fans and those who had the privilege of donning her colors in time past. The Blaugrana have been the opposite of who and what they were in years past due to their financial crisis and by extension, the departure of their greatest asset in history, Lionel Messi.
The Catalonian highly valued and rated club side are 9th on the Spanish top-flight table – La Liga after three hard-fought wins out of their seven games so far.
These conundrums have been feeding the gaffer at the helm to the wolves of criticism and pressure radiating due to the bad run of games. Explicitly, the Dutch tactician, Ronald Koeman, is under immense pressure to keep his job as a Barcelona coach.
Due to the deterioration of events in Barcelona, Yaya Toure has made his services available to his former side as a result of what could be described as the deepest crisis in the club’s history.
The former Manchester City maestro spent 3 successful years at Barcelona from 2007 to 2010. During his sojourn there, he won the Champions League with Blaugrana under Pep Guardiola in 2010.
As someone who has experienced the culture and dynamics of the terrain, he believes his former club will overcome the turbulence and tumultuous era both on and off the pitch.
The 2019 La Liga champions are far from being a perfect side, this campaign, the exit of their prodigy compounded their predicaments.
Before Messi’s exit, it would have been more difficult to convince Barcelona fans that Lionel would leave them but the fall-out of their financial crises choked them to the extent of letting their jewel depart to PSG.
Regardless, the post-Messi era has been coated and engulfed with unbefitting series of activities, the 3-goal mauling from the hand of Bayern Munich at Camp Nou and away to Benfica respectively still lurks around the minds of Barcelona and football observers.
In all these, Barcelona’s decision-makers have reluctantly concluded to stick with Koeman for the time being. Last week, Barcelona’s newly elected president, Joan Laporta publicly reiterated their backing for the Dutch tactician despite widespread reports in Spain that he had made a shortlist of probable candidates that would replace Koeman.
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez was among the listed gaffers rumored for the hot seat if Ronald is asked to walk the plank.
The four-time African footballer of the year revealed a series of impassioned statements on Twitter in the wake of Barcelona’s defeat to Atletico Madrid on Sunday at Wanda Metropolitan, saying:
“My time at Barcelona was one of the best memories of my playing career.
“The club has decided to trust me when I was still a young player, yet to establish myself in the top leagues. I will forever be grateful to the club for what they have done for me.
“It may be a difficult time for the club but my belief for Barcelona is strong. I will always be available for the club should they need me anytime as my heart is forever with the club, the people, and the fans.”
The 38-year-old retired onMay 2019 from active football after over two decades invested in the game. He’s currently an assistant coach of Russian club Akhmat Grozny and he’s also concurrently doing his UEFA coaching badges.
The question is, in what capacity would Toure offer his help to restore the club’s stature?