Barca cool on Rijkaard future

20 April 2008 01:39
Barcelona will not make a decision about the future of coach Frank Rijkaard at the Camp Nou until the end of the season. The Dutchman's position has been called into question with Barca trailing Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title, while Rijkaard has also been linked with a move to England to take charge of Chelsea. However, Barca vice-president, Ferran Soriano, told Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "You can never say 100 per cent (he will stay) because at the end of the season we're going to review the performances of the players and coach. "I think he has no plan to leave Barcelona and go to Chelsea, but we've decided not to talk about this until the end of the season. "The two matches against Manchester United (in the Champions League) are very important for them and for us and we don't want to talk about anything else. "We've been with him for five years and he has been doing an extremely good job. It can be difficult to manage such a big team with such a number of stars. "It's not easy to manage Ronaldinho, Messi, Henry and Eto'o and the like, so we like the way he works, his personal style and the way he represents the club. "Obviously the fact we are not getting the results in the domestic league is the fault of everybody including us and including him, but we are very happy with Frank Rijkaard."

Source: ESA