Barcelona finally fires Ronald Koeman after another devastating loss
Barcelona has finally decided to sack Ronald Koeman as the club’s manager after suffering back-to-back La Liga defeats.
On Wednesday, Barcelona loss 0-1 to Spanish rivals Rayo Vallecano, the club’s third defeat in their last four league games. After the game, Barca officially fired head coach Ronald Koeman, ESPN reported.
“FC Barcelona have relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first-team coach,” the club said in a statement. “The president of the club, Joan Laporta, informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano.”
“Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva,” the statement read. “FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the club and wishes him all the best in his professional career.”
Following Koeman’s Barcelona departure, ESPN reported, citing anonymous sources, that the club will “open talks” with Camp Nou all-time great Xavi Hernandez on Friday to discuss the possibility of succeeding the Dutchman.
However, the report also added that Barcelona is likely to continue without a replacement manager “until after the November international break.” It is said that an “interim coach” will temporarily spearhead the club in its next three matches against Alaves, Dynamo Kiev and Celta Vigo.
Xavi has long been linked to a coaching job at Barcelona. Despite being committed to Qatari football club Al-Sadd, the Barca legend had earlier confessed to dreaming of managing his former club.
“I am currently at Al-Sadd and I am happy here,” Xavi said earlier this year via AS. “I am at a really great Asian club and from here we will see what the future holds.”
“Without any doubt coaching Barcelona is a dream of mine,” he added.