Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in charge. A statement released on the club website has confirmed that President Joan Laporta has relieved the Dutchman of his duties as first-team coach. This comes after their 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Wednesday night, which marked their fourth defeat in six games in all competitions.
However, FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the club and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours. Their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on October 24 was Koeman’s third El Classico defeat in a row, and after the final whistle, it was reported that the Barcelona boss was targeted by a crowd of Barcelona supporters.
Koeman was appointed back in August last year and in his first campaign he led Barcelona to third place in La Liga table and won the Copa del Rey, however, he struggled in his second campaign following the departure of their star Lionel Messi, who joined the France giants Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent due to financial issues at Barcelona which led the club to be unable to afford Messi’s wages.