The midweek defeat at Rayo Vallecano has cost Ronald Koemans head. Counting his days as FC Barcelona trainer, the Catalan club has confirmed.
After the loss in Vallecas, Mundo Deportivo already reported that Koemans position would be discussed internally. That crisis deliberation has been at the disadvantage of the Dutchman. Diario SPORT was the first one and then all other Spanish media reported that the end of the story would be.
Barça has confirmed the news in a concise statement. FC Barcelona says goodbye to Ronald Koeman as the first team trainer. President Joan Laporta informed him of the news,” it sounds. “Barcelona would like to thank him for proven services and wishes him good luck in his career.” Farewell to the selection will be said on Thursday.
Koeman seemed to be able to pack all his bags at the beginning of this month, but after a 2-0 defeat at Atlético Madrid was still allowed to stay on until after the international period. Since then, Valencia and Dinamo Kiev have been won, but the defeats against archrival Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano have become fatal in Koeman.
The then Orange national coach stepped in mid-2020, following a blaming 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich under predecessor Quique Setién. Barça put the knife in the selection and let Luis Suárez go among others. After a difficult start to the season, Barcelona scribbled up and won the Copa del Rey, even though they ended up short seven points for the title. After the season, Laporta was already openly doubting Koemans future, and after Lionel Messis sweeping departure, relations did not get better. Barça is now ranked ninth in La Liga after ten rounds of play, six points from Real Madrid, Sevilla, Real Betis and Real Sociedad.
El FC Barcelona ha destituit aquesta nit Ronald Koeman com a tècnic del primer equip
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) October 27, 2021