Barcelona sack Koeman as manager and offer role to Xavi
The defeat against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday was the final straw for the Dutchman, who was fired just hours later.
Following Wednesday’s defeat at Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona terminated Ronald Koeman as head coach, and Goal can confirm that the position has now been offered to club legend Xavi.
Barcelona sits in ninth place in La Liga, having won only four of their first ten league games.
This season, the Blaugrana have struggled in the Champions League, leading to Koeman’s dismissal after just over a season in charge.
“FC Barcelona has dismissed Ronald Koeman tonight as coach of the first team,” a statement released by the club said. “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.”
Xavi given the job
Goal can confirm that long-serving midfielder and current Al Sadd head coach Xavi has been given the role as a replacement for Koeman.
Xavi has a provision in his contract with Qatar, but it is understood that he wants to join Barcelona, who are willing to pay the transfer money required to get the 41-year-old.
Rayo loss accelerated Laporta’s decision
Goal understands that Laporta had lost faith in Koeman a few weeks ago, but despite a dismal start to the season, he had stayed in command.
However, following Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Rayo, which followed a 2-1 setback to Real Madrid in the weekend’s El Clasico, Laporta believed that a change was required quickly.
Koeman’s time in charge
In August 2020, the Dutchman was named Barcelona manager, succeeding Quique Setien, who had been fired following the club’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
In his first season in charge, Koeman’s squad struggled, although he did manage to bring home one piece of silverware in the form of the Copa del Rey.
The club went through a big period of instability this offseason, with club legend Lionel Messi departing as a free agent after Barca were unable to re-sign him due to the club’s precarious financial circumstances.
In his 67 games in command, Koeman had a 40-win, 11-draw, and 16-loss record.
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