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World Koeman sacked as Barcelona manager

04:50  28 october  2021
04:50  28 october  2021 Source:   bbc.com

Barca must beat Dynamo Kiev to keep Champions League hopes alive - Koeman

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Koeman was Barcelona's match-winner in the 1992 European Cup final but has struggled as head coach © Getty Images Koeman was Barcelona's match-winner in the 1992 European Cup final but has struggled as head coach

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 and have already lost twice in the group stage of this season's Champions League.

They 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 last four games and it followed defeat in Sunday's Clasico to Real Madrid.

In a statement, the Spanish club said: "The president of the club, Joan Laporta, informed him [Koeman] of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano.

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"Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday."

The former Netherlands, Everton and Southampton boss, 58, could only guide the five-time European champions to third place in the league last season.

The Dutchman has not been helped by the club's significant financial problems, which 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, with Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia arriving as free transfers and striker Luuk de Jong joining on loan from Sevilla.

Speaking after Wednesday's defeat, Koeman said: "It [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."

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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 - a run that saw English manager Terry Venables sacked.

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.

The former Netherlands centre-back played for the Spanish club between 1989 and 1995, helping them to four league titles and scoring the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final.

He was brought back to the club in August 2020 as head coach by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

New chief Laporta, however, frequently made it clear the Dutchman was not his appointment.

The duo had an uneasy relationship, and Koeman released a statement in September asking to be given time to rebuild after losing Messi and fellow forward Antoine Griezmann in the summer.

Barca condemns fan reactions to Koeman - and takes action

 Barca condemns fan reactions to Koeman - and takes action The FC Barcelona has convicted the fierce reactions of its appendix after 1: 2 in Clasico against Arrival Real Madrid. © Provided by sport1.de Barca condemns fan reactions to Koeman - and takes action hundreds of applied fans made their displeasure loud air, many demanded the head of coach Ronald Koeman with "Fuera" calls. The FC Barcelona has convicted the fierce reactions of its appendix after 1: 2 in Clasico against Arrival Real Madrid.

Following the defeat to Madrid on Sunday, Koeman's car was surrounded by some Barcelona supporters, whom he later dismissed as "uneducated people".

Speaking before the trip to Rayo Vallecano, he said: "It is a social problem. Uneducated people that don't understand rules and values."

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What's gone wrong at Barcelona?

One of Koeman's first tasks as coach was to make a 40-second phone call to Luis Suarez during which he told the Uruguay striker his services were no longer required and that he was free to leave the club.

The decision had been made by the board and it's now known the dire financial position forced them to get rid of a forward who scored 21 goals from 29 starts in the previous campaign.

It began a weakening of the Barca squad from one that could compete with Europe's elite to one that is struggling to get into the Champions League places.

Messi then handed in a transfer request but ended up staying for 2020-21 but Suarez joined Atletico Madrid for a nominal fee and fired them to the league title.

Ronald Koeman Fired After Barcelona's Defeat to Rayo Vallecano

  Ronald Koeman Fired After Barcelona's Defeat to Rayo Vallecano The Barcelona manager was given a public backing less than three weeks ago, but a poor run of results accelerated his departure. View the original article to see embedded media.Less than three weeks after getting a public show of support from Barcelona president Joan Laporta, Ronald Koeman is out as manager of the club.The final straw was Wednesday's 1–0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano, which followed a home loss to rival Real Madrid in El Clásico. It was after Sunday's defeat that fans impeded Koeman's car as he attempted to exit Camp Nou, expressing their frustration in personal, potentially dangerous ways.

Behind the scenes the club's costs had spiralled to an unsustainable level, creating the biggest wage bill in world football and leaving Barcelona on the verge of bankruptcy and a stadium that requires renovation.

With Messi out of contract, the Argentina superstar agreed a new deal in July of this year until 2026 that included halving his wages, but La Liga stipulated Barca must reduce their wage bill further before he and any new players could be registered.

They weren't able to do that, so in August the club announced that Messi would be leaving "because of financial and structural obstacles".

He joined Paris St-Germain then Koeman lost more talent when France forward Griezmann followed Suarez to Atletico Madrid - re-joining the club he had left in a £107m deal two years before on a loan in a snapshot of where it has gone wrong for Barcelona.

They managed to sign former Manchester United forward Depay and Aguero on free transfers but the former Manchester City striker has only just made his Barca debut after getting injured in pre season.

The transformation from a forward line of Messi, Suarez and Griezmann to Depay, De Jong and an ageing Aguero sums up the task Koeman faced and which will now greet his successor.

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