Barcelona have sacked coach Ronald Koeman after Wednesday’s 1-0 La Liga loss to Rayo Vallecano, the Catalan club announced on Wednesday.
“FC Barcelona have relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first-team coach. Club president Joan Laporta informed him of the decision following the loss to Rayo Vallecano,” LaLiga club said. in a press release.
“Ronald Koeman will say his farewell to the team on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva.”
FC Barcelona would like to thank him for his services to the Club and wish him the best in his professional career.
FC Barcelona relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first-team coach
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 27, 2021
Barcelona are ninth in La Liga with 15 points in 10 games, six points behind leaders Real Madrid who beat them 2-1 at Camp Nou on Sunday.
They are third in their Champions League group with three points from three games after suffering 3-0 defeats in their opening two games against Bayern Munich and Benfica.
Barcelona are five-time European champions and the results marked the first time in club history they had failed to score in their first two European matches.
Koeman, who spent six years with Barca as a player, was brought back to the club in August 2020 by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
New chef Joan Laporta, however, has often made it clear that the Dutchman is not his nomination.
The duo had a rocky relationship, with Koeman issuing a statement last month calling for time to rebuild after losing Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in the transfer window.
However, that wish was not granted and the club will now be looking for a replacement for the 58-year-old.
Local media suggest former midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who is currently in charge of Al Sadd in Qatar, and Belgian coach Roberto Martinez are favorites for the role.