• Stuart Kavanagh

Ronald Koeman Sacked

Barcelona Coach Fired After Poor Start To Season

Barcelona has sacked Ronald Koeman as manager of the club effective immediately following the clubs' poor form, culminating in the 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga last night. The defeat leaves the Catalan club in 9th position on the table - six points adrift of the top 4.

It ends a torrid spell for the Dutchman in charge of the Blaugrana. He has overseen the side in the midst of their worst start to a La Liga season since the 1987/88 campaign with only 14 points from their first ten fixtures. It is a shame for Koeman who represented the club with distinction as a player making 192 appearances and is generally considered a club legend.

Speculation is rife that another club legend in Xavi is set to assume the now vacant managers role at Camp Nou. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted mere hours after the Dutchman’s dismissal that the clubs' board has been in contact with Xavi and his representatives for ‘weeks’.

The pressure will be focussed on the underperforming first-team squad now that the Dutchman has been relieved of his duties. Make no bones about it, Koeman seemed out of his depth but he was consistently let down by poor performances from players on the field. After the Rayo defeat, club captain Sergio Busquets had said to the media “We are all on the same boat”. Less than an hour later Koeman was sacked.


Barcelona president Joan Laporte will be hoping that this decision will help stop the rot at Barca. With the club plagued by off-field problems, the last thing they need is a poor season on the pitch. Things need to change quickly both in training and on matchday if that is to be avoided.


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