Almost mercifully, the Ronald Koeman era in Barcelona is over.
Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday that they had fired Koman following a 1-0 defeat in La Liga to Rayo Vallecano. The news is not surprising, as rumors were circulating that Barম্যানa were in ninth place in the table, three points behind their leader and rival Real Madrid, six points behind leaders and rivals Real Madrid.
Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 last week.
“Barcelona have relieved Ronald Koeman of his responsibilities as first-team coach,” the club said in an official release. “The president of the club, Joan Laporta, has informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano. Ronald Koeman will bid farewell to the squad at Ciutat Esportiva on Thursday.
“FC Barcelona would like to thank him for his service to the club and wish him the best in his professional career.”
Koeman first signed as Barcelona boss in August 2020.
Under Coeman, Barcelona won the 2021 Copa del Rey final, the Spanish giants finished third behind champion Atletico Madrid and second-placed Real Madrid in the league table, and bounced from the Champions League in 16 rounds. It was even harder this summer when superstar Lionel Messi left the club to join Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent when Barcelona called the club “financial and structural barriers” (Spanish Liga Regulations) as they could not register Messi due to financial complications.
According to ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Lawrence, Barcelona “started talking about a possible replacement” for Koman last month. Marsden and Lawrence have named Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and club legend Xavi Hernandez as potential targets.
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