Ronald Koeman’s appointment as Barcelona boss has been heavily criticised by Joaquin, with his former Valencia star stating he would not give him a job as a kitman if he had a say.
Koeman took over in August with Barca in one of their greatest periods of uncertainty. The Spanish giants had just lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, leaving Lionel Messi’s future uncertain.
While Messi ultimately opted to stay, it has been one problem after another at Barcelona. Upheaval behind the scenes saw long-serving president Josep Maria Bartomeu quit.
Privately, that has left Koeman facing arguably the greatest challenge of his managerial career. A report earlier this year stated he had confirmed his reservations about the state of the club to one of his closest allies.
Matters on the pitch aren’t great either. Barcelona are stuck in 12th, with just two wins from their six matches played.
If Koeman’s problems weren’t bad enough, he now has an incredible verbal tirade from Joaquin to deal with. The former Spain international played under Koeman at Valencia and endured a largely forgettable time.
The 39-year-old is still going strong at Betis. Indeed, their next match is a trip to the Nou Camp to take on Koeman and Barcelona.
And Joaquin admitted there was plenty of ill-feeling from him towards the Dutchman.
“It was not the most beautiful experience of my sporting career,” Joaquin told El Larguero.
“It was not a pleasant experience, but as I always say: one has to live with everything and what happened at that time.
“I do not want to talk about this issue because honestly it hurts me what happened there, I had a bad time.”
Joaquin staggered by Koeman ‘success’
Since his time at Valencia, Koeman has gone on to manage AZ, Southampton, Everton and the Dutch national side.
Now at Barcelona, Joaquin admits he is staggered the Dutchman keeps landing high-profile jobs.
When asked if he would give him a job, where he in a position of power at Betis, Joaquin’s response was clear.
“Not even as kitman!” was Joaquin’s blunt answer when the question was put to him.
Joaquin was then asked if building bridges was possible ahead of the weekend.
However, Betis are looking to climb into the top four, while Barca hoping to recapture their best form.
As such, Joaquin insists both men have more pressing matters to focus on.
He added: “I turned the page, we told each other everything.
“Fortunately, it did not last long and we were able to save the year by ending as well as possible. The year was complicated.
“[This weekend], he is not going to greet me and I am not going to greet him.”