FC Barcelona head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius rejected the team’s recent extension offer, per Jose Ignacio Huguet of Mundo Deportivo. Jasikevicius finished the season with the Catalans on a disappointing note.
Jasikevicius signed a three-year contract with Barcelona in the summer of 2020, with one year remaining in his current deal. Barcelona believes the Lithuanian coach is still the right man for the job after losing in the final phases of the EuroLeague and the Liga Endesa.
Jasikevicius rejected the possibility of reduce wage in the initial contact with the Catalans’ front office. However, the current situation regarding his status remains unclear, per Huguet. The club still trusts Jasikevicius to lead the team to glory, Huguet writes.
If an agreement is to be reached, the Catalans will find their stability in their coaching department and will proceed with building the team for the 2022-23 season. Three players including Brandon Davies left the club, while Nick Calathes seems already close to exit the club.
Jasikevicius had an immediate impact in his first season with the team. His team fell just short of the treble in the 2020-21 campaign, in which they won the Endesa Liga and Copa del Rey titles, and they were runners-up in the EuroLeague.