Madrid (AFP) -Ronald Koeman has been dismissed as Barcelona coach, the club announced Wednesday, with former midfielder Xavi Hernandez becoming his favorite replacement.
Koeman was dismissed after LaLiga’s ninth-placed Layo Valecano lost 1-0.
Barca has won only two of the last seven league matches under Kuman, including his defeat to Real Madrid at Classico at Camp Nou on Sunday.
A bad start to the season could cause the team to lose qualification for the Champions League next season, which will have enormous consequences for the club’s already dire financial situation.
Xavi, who is currently in charge of Qatar’s club Al Sadd, is most likely the successor to Kuman.
Barcelona B coach Sergi Barjuán will be tentatively in charge of the first team, with the possibility of a match against Arabes, Champions League Dynamo Kyiv and Sergi Barjuán before the next international break.
River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo and Ajax Erik Ten Hag are also associated with Barcelona, but may be reluctant to leave their respective posts in the middle of the season.
A club statement released in Spain after midnight on Wednesday said:
“Club president Joan Laporta has informed him of his decision after losing to Layo Valecano. Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the team at Ciutat Esportiva on Thursday.
“FC Barcelona appreciates his service to the club and hopes to be the best of his professional career.”
Koeman has been a player for six years in Barcelona and is considered a club legend after scoring a winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final against Sampdoria.
He was appointed coach by former Bartom President Josep Maria Bartomeu in August 2020, with some success in his first season, winning the Copa del Rey and restoring the disillusioned Lionel Messi.
However, the disappointing finish in Liga and the compelling defeat of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League cast doubt on Cooman’s ability to navigate the biggest matches.
– Debt of € 1.35 billion –
Laporta was re-elected president in March, allowing Koeman to continue coaching this season, but with little confidence between the pair.
Koeman told Koeman that he wanted two weeks to look for a replacement in the summer, but Koeman reacted badly to Koeman last month, suggesting that his coach didn’t have all the power.
“He talked too much,” Koeman said.
Perhaps due to Barcelona’s dangerous financial problems, no replacement was found or could not be persuaded to take over.
The club has a debt of € 1.35 billion and had to watch Messi join PSG in August after failing to renew his contract in Argentina.
Other major players like Antoine Griezmann also departed without proper replacement as both Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay arrived with free transfers and Luuk de Jong came from Sevilla on a loan. ..
“The team lost their balance and lost a very effective player, after Koeman played the final match against Koeman,” he said. “In recent years, other clubs have been strengthened each season, but we haven’t. This is also shown.”
Cooman’s honest approach was widely accepted and appreciated last season, but his modest appreciation for his team this season seems counterproductive to many and unsuitable for a Barcelona coach. It was done.
Young people such as Pedri, Gavi, Nico Gonzalez, Sergiño Dest and Ronald Araujo all benefit from Koeman’s faith, but more established players suffer from form degradation.
Frenkie de Jong, who has known Koeman since he was the Netherlands national team, has endured a particularly disappointing few weeks.
There was criticism of Cooman’s style of play, which became more and more direct, but the board reportedly was frustrated by the departure from the club’s traditional 4-3-3 play.
However, the result was an important factor as Bayern Munich and Benfica lost 3-0 in a row in the Champions League and then both Atletico and Real Madrid in the league.
Koeman “deserves the benefits of suspicion,” Laporta said before the international break, ending speculation that he would lose his job after losing to Atletico.
However, in the face of the early end of the Champions League and the possibility that LaLiga, who was in Vallecas on Wednesday night, would fail to make it into the top four in LaLiga, decided to act.
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