Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona

Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in charge at the Nou Camp.

Barca have picked up just 15 points from 10 games in La Liga.

They have already lost twice in the group stage of this season’s Champions League.

Barcelona are ninth in the table, six points adrift of the joint leaders after losing at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday.

The loss was Barca’s third in their past four games and it followed defeat by Real Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico.

“The president of the club, Joan Laporta, informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano.”

“Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday,” Barcelona said in the statement.

Koeman could only guide the five-time European champions to third place in the league last season.

Ronald Koeman took on a cash-stricken Barcelona

The Dutchman has not been helped by the club’s significant financial problems.

This resulted in Lionel Messi’s exit and subsequent move to Paris St-Germain in August.

Barcelona were unable to spend any money on new signings in the summer.

New signings in Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia arrived as free transfers.

Striker Luuk de Jong joined on loan from Sevilla.

Speaking after Wednesday’s defeat, Koeman said;

“Barcelona’s league position says we’re not well.”

“The team has lost balance in the squad, lost very effective players, which shows.”

“In recent years other clubs have strengthened every season and we haven’t, which also shows,” Koeman said.

Club legend Xavi, the former Barca midfielder who is now manager of Qatari side Al Sadd, is one of the favourites to replace Koeman.

It is the first time since September 1987 that Barca have lost three away games in a row without scoring.

Koeman won the Copa del Rey at the end of his first season but Barca finished behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in La Liga with their lowest points tally since 2008.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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