Barcelona sack Koeman as head coach, offer role to Xavi
Barcelona have sacked head coach Ronald Koeman following a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday evening.
That defeat followed another just three days earlier, a 2-1 home loss in Sunday’s Clasico against Real Madrid.
The loss left Barcelona in ninth place in the Liga table, having won just four of their opening 10 league games.
The Blaugrana have also struggled in the Champions League this term, which led to Koeman being ousted after just over a season in charge.
A statement released by the club began, “FC Barcelona has dismissed Ronald Koeman tonight as coach of the first team.” “Club president Joan Laporta informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano.
“Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad this Thursday at the Ciudad Deportiva.
“FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the club and wishes him all the best in his professional career.”
According to Goal, Barca could soon have a replacement for Koeman as the club’s legendary former midfielder and current Al Sadd head coach Xavi has been offered the job.
Xavi has an exit clause with the Qatar side and it is understood that he wants to move to Barcelona, who are prepared to pay the fee needed to secure the 41-year-old.
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