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Ronald Koeman sacked as Barcelona manager to finally end miserable reign

The Dutchman, 58, took charge of the club whom he fired to Champions League glory as a player in 1992 at the start of the 2019-20 season, but after 16 months of relative struggle, he has finally been dismissed.

End of days for the Dutchman at Barcelona

Barcelona have sacked head coach Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman has been a man under considerable pressure at Camp Nou this term, having been expected to depart in the summer.

But with president Joan Laporta unable to persuade a number of targets to take over at the Catalan club, amid their financial difficulties, the ex-Everton and Southampton boss remained in situ during the early months of the campaign.

However, dismal Champions League defeats against Bayern Munich and Benfica, ensured that there was little comfort for Koeman, with the club’s fanbase increasingly disillusioned with his management in the post-Lionel Messi era.

Now, after the weekend Clasico defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Real Madrid was followed up by Wednesday night’s 1-0 loss at Rayo Vallecano, the Barca board have finally parted ways with the 58 year-old.

Radamel Falcao scored the only goal of the game in Madrid, during which Memphis Depay missed a second half spot-kick. The result left Barca sitting ninth in La Liga after 10 games, already six points off the top four.



It’s the end of Koeman
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A statement from Barcelona simply declared: “FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first team coach.

“The president of the club, Joan Laporta, informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano. Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva.

“FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the Club and wishes him all the best in his professional career.”









Koeman had worn the expression of a man who knew what was coming as he trudged from the field in Madrid.

Still, he faced the press post-game and spoke about how pleased he had been with his side’s performance in defeat.

He declared: “I think we had chances – good chances – but we didn’t finish them.

“The team has shown today and against Madrid to be at a high level, but it is not enough. What counts is the result, and for me it is incredible that we lost.”

Perhaps he did know what was to come.



Rayo Vallecano de Madrid’s supporters cheer as Barcelona’s Dutch coach Ronald Koeman (C) and players leave the pitch
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