Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in cost.
After weeks of hypothesis, Koeman’s final game was the 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Wednesday night time, 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 on the Ciutat Esportiva.
“FC Barcelona needs to thank him for his service to the membership and needs him all one of the best in his skilled profession.”
Strain 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 aim on the Metropolitano Stadium, they usually path league frontrunners Actual Madrid by six factors within the desk.
Their 2-1 loss to Actual 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 automotive as he tried to drive away from the stadium.
After the defeat on Wednesday, Koeman stated: “It [Barcelona’s league position] says we’re not properly.
“The crew has misplaced stability within the squad, misplaced very efficient gamers, which reveals. In recent times different golf equipment have strengthened each season and we have 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.
However 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.
‘Robust Barca job too huge for Koeman’
Sky Sports activities’ Oliver Yew:
“Barcelona usually are not the drive they as soon as had been and Sunday’s defeat to Actual Madrid in El Clasico – their fourth straight Clasico loss – was a stark reminder of that.
“Koeman was introduced in on the finish of one in all Barcelona’s most profitable eras and he was handed the unenviable process of making an attempt to steer the Catalan giants by means of unchartered waters as they seemed to maneuver on from talisman Lionel Messi.
“It was a troublesome job, particularly with the off-field points hampering the membership, however it proved too huge 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 Actual Madrid – believed his crew had been bettering, however it was troublesome to see how. They had been second finest towards Actual on Sunday and it was plain to see in what was a not so basic Clasico efficiency from Barcelona.
“One other defeat, this time by the hands of Rayo Vallecano, proved a step too far for the powers at be on the Nou Camp as they lastly relieved the previous Everton boss of his duties.”
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What went unsuitable? 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.
Nonetheless, that want was not granted and the membership will now search a alternative for the 58-year-old.
Native media experiences counsel that former midfielder Xavi, who’s at present 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 advised Sky Sports activities:
“Xavi Hernandez, a membership legend, has expressed in public that he would someday prefer to handle Barcelona and that he is prepared and able to come house as quickly as he will get the decision.
“He’d be comfortable to come back again and take the job, however as of but nothing has been stated concerning any contact.
“If Barcelona need to compete with the elite, then they maybe do have to carry any individual else in. In 10 video games towards a number of the largest golf equipment round – Actual Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich for instance within the Champions League – they solely gained one with Koeman in cost.
“There is a huge hole behind a few of these main golf equipment that must be closed. The video games have proven that Koeman possibly is not the correct man for the job. It would simply be that he is the correct man however simply not on the proper time.”
Koeman’s remaining interview
After the 1-0 loss to Rayo, Koeman stated: “Within the first quarter-hour, we had issues to get into the sport. They pressed us properly however after that I believe we managed the sport on a small pitch towards a crew that runs rather a lot and presses exhausting. We had good possibilities however we did not end them.
“Right this moment 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 possibilities towards them, due to this fact the difficulty is that we did not rating and I am unable to say anything.
“It could be we’re unfortunate. It could be that we’ve got injured gamers, however these are excuses as a result of the crew confirmed as we speak and confirmed within the sport towards (Actual) Madrid that we’re at a very good degree. However being at a very good degree will not be sufficient. What counts ultimately is at all times the outcome and we misplaced the final two video games. Everybody has to analyse their matches and I attempt to analyse as we speak’s sport – it is unimaginable we misplaced.
“In the previous few years our rivals, one of the best groups, had been strengthened every season, whereas we could not do it. And that is one thing that additionally counts – not in as we speak’s sport as a result of in as we speak’s sport the accidents had an enormous half. I believe we performed a very good sport, even in case you should not speak about ‘good video games’ when you do not rating.”
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