Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in cost.
After weeks of hypothesis, Koeman’s remaining sport was the 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Wednesday evening, their fourth defeat in six video games in all competitions.
A short assertion was launched on the membership’s web site confirming president Joan Laporta had relieved the Dutchman of his duties as first-team coach.
It added: “Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva.
“FC Barcelona needs to thank him for his service to the membership and desires him all the perfect in his skilled profession.”
Pressure had been constructing on the Dutchman since a 3-0 defeat at Benfica in late September, which made this season the membership’s worst-ever begin to a Champions League marketing campaign.
They succumbed to a 2-0 away loss to Atletico Madrid in La Liga on October 2, with former ahead Luis Suarez scoring the second objective on the Metropolitano Stadium, they usually path league frontrunners Real Madrid by six factors within the desk.
Their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid on the Nou Camp on October 24 was Koeman’s third El Clasico defeat in a row, and after the ultimate whistle, the Barcelona boss was focused by a crowd of followers who attacked his automobile as he tried to drive away from the stadium.
After the defeat on Wednesday, Koeman mentioned: “It [Barcelona’s league position] says we’re not well.
“The staff has misplaced steadiness within the squad, misplaced very efficient gamers, which reveals. In current years different golf equipment have strengthened each season and we’ve not, which additionally reveals.”
Koeman was appointed in August final yr and in his first marketing campaign led Barcelona to 3rd place in La Liga and gained the Copa del Rey.
But he has struggled in his second season following the departure of Lionel Messi, who left as a free agent in the summertime to affix Paris Saint-Germain with monetary points leaving Barcelona unable to afford his wages.
‘Tough Barca job too huge for Koeman’
Sky Sports’ Oliver Yew:
“Barcelona are not the force they once were and Sunday’s defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico – their fourth straight Clasico loss – was a stark reminder of that.
“Koeman was introduced in on the finish of considered one of Barcelona’s most profitable eras and he was handed the unenviable activity of attempting to steer the Catalan giants by unchartered waters as they seemed to maneuver on from talisman Lionel Messi.
“It was a tough job, especially with the off-field issues hampering the club, but it proved too big a job for the Dutchman as he leaves with Barcelona languishing in ninth in La Liga.
“Koeman, talking within the press after his third straight defeat by the hands of Real Madrid – believed his staff have been enhancing, nevertheless it was tough to see how. They have been second greatest in opposition to Real on Sunday and it was plain to see in what was a not so basic Clasico efficiency from Barcelona.
“Another defeat, this time at the hands of Rayo Vallecano, proved a step too far for the powers at be at the Nou Camp as they finally relieved the former Everton boss of his duties.”
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What went fallacious? And who subsequent?
Koeman, who spent six years with Barca as a participant, was introduced again to the membership in August 2020 by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
New chief Joan Laporta, nonetheless, often made it clear that the Dutchman was not his appointment.
The duo had an uneasy relationship, with Koeman final month releasing a press release calling for him to be given time to rebuild after shedding Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann within the switch window.
However, that want was not granted and the membership will now search a substitute for the 58-year-old.
Local media experiences recommend that former midfielder Xavi, who’s at the moment in command of Al Sadd in Qatar, River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez are the entrance runners for the function.
La Liga TV presenter Semra Hunter instructed Sky Sports:
“Xavi Hernandez, a club legend, has expressed in public that he would one day like to manage Barcelona and that he’s willing and ready to come home as soon as he gets the call.
“He’d be completely satisfied to return again and take the job, however as of but nothing has been mentioned concerning any contact.
“If Barcelona want to compete with the elite, then they perhaps do need to bring somebody else in. In 10 games against some of the biggest clubs around – Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich for example in the Champions League – they only won one with Koeman in charge.
“There’s an enormous hole behind a few of these main golf equipment that must be closed. The video games have proven that Koeman perhaps is not the suitable man for the job. It would possibly simply be that he is the suitable man however simply not on the proper time.”
Koeman’s remaining interview
After the 1-0 loss to Rayo, Koeman mentioned: “In the first 15 minutes, we had problems to get into the game. They pressed us well but after that I think we controlled the game on a small pitch against a team that runs a lot and presses hard. We had good chances but we didn’t finish them.
“Today we misplaced the match not due to our perspective, not due to the best way we performed as a result of I do not suppose there are different groups that had so many probabilities in opposition to them, subsequently the problem is that we did not rating and I am unable to say anything.
“It may be we are unlucky. It may be that we have injured players, but these are excuses because the team showed today and showed in the game against (Real) Madrid that we are at a good level. But being at a good level is not enough. What counts in the end is always the result and we lost the last two games. Everyone has to analyse their matches and I try to analyse today’s game – it’s incredible we lost.
“In the previous couple of years our rivals, the perfect groups, have been strengthened every season, whereas we could not do it. And that is one thing that additionally counts – not in at present’s sport as a result of in at present’s sport the accidents had an enormous half. I feel we performed sport, even for those who should not speak about ‘good video games’ when you do not rating.”
Barcelona’s subsequent six fixtures
October 30: Alaves (H) – La Liga, 8pm
November 2: Dynamo Kiev (A) – Champions League, 8pm
November 6: Celta Vigo (A) – La Liga, 3.15pm
November 20: Espanyol (H) – La Liga, 8pm
November 23: Benfica (H) – Champions League, 8pm
November 28: Villarreal (A) – La Liga, TBD