Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona

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MADRID, SPAIN – OCTOBER 27: FC Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman looks on before the La Liga Santander game between Rayo Vallecano and FC Barcelona at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on October 27, 2021 in Madrid, Spain.

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Ronald Koeman has been sacked from his post as Barcelona head coach after 14 months in office.

After weeks of speculation, Koeman’s last game was the 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Wednesday night, his fourth loss in six games in all competitions.

A brief statement was posted on the club’s website confirming that president Joan Laporta had relieved the Dutchman from his first-team coaching role.

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He added: “Ronald Koeman will say his farewell to the team on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva.

“FC Barcelona would like to thank him for his service to the club and wish him the best in his professional career.”

The pressure had increased on the Dutchman since a 3-0 defeat at Benfica in late September, making this season the club’s worst start to the Champions League.

They succumbed to a 2-0 away loss to Atletico Madrid in La Liga on October 2, with former striker Luis Suarez scoring the second goal at the Metropolitano stadium, and they are six points behind the leaders of the league, Real Madrid.

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Their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid at Camp Nou on October 24 was Koeman’s third consecutive El Clasico loss, and after the final whistle the Barcelona boss was targeted by a crowd of fans who have attacked his car while trying to drive. away from the stadium.

After Wednesday’s loss, Koeman said: “He [Barcelona’s league position] said we are not well.

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“The team lost their balance in the squad, lost very efficient players, which you can see. In recent years, other clubs have grown stronger every season and not us, which also shows.”

Koeman was appointed in August last year and in his debut campaign led Barcelona to third place in La Liga and won the Copa del Rey.

But he struggled in his second season following the departure of Lionel Messi, who left as a free agent this summer to join Paris Saint-Germain with financial problems leaving Barcelona unable to pay his salary.

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