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Barcelona fires coach Koeman after poor start to season

After one other poor efficiency and yet one more loss, Ronald Koeman couldn’t grasp on any longer as Barcelona coach.

It took lower than three months after Lionel Messi’s departure for Koeman to lastly succumb because the strain saved growing and the Catalan membership’s struggles continued.

Barcelona introduced Koeman’s firing shortly after the staff’s 1-0 loss at Rayo Vallecano within the Spanish league on Wednesday.

The loss adopted a 2-1 dwelling loss to rival Actual Madrid within the “clásico” on the Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday.

Koeman had stated in a post-match interview Wednesday he didn’t know if his future with the membership was in danger. He quickly came upon. Membership president Joan Laporta knowledgeable the Dutch coach of his determination after the loss.

Captain Sergio Busquets had stated Koeman shouldn’t be the one one in charge for the staff’s poor performances.

“We’re all on the identical boat,” the midfielder stated after the match, earlier than the choice on Koeman was introduced.

Koeman has been beneath fixed strain after a poor begin to the staff’s first season with out Messi in practically 20 years. The Argentina star joined Paris Saint-Germain in August.

Barcelona stated Koeman “will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday.”

Koeman leaves with the membership in ninth place within the Spanish league standings with 15 factors from 10 matches.

Among the many staff’s 5 losses this season have been 3-0 leads to the Champions League towards Bayern Munich at dwelling and at Benfica.

The loss to Rayo marked the staff’s fifth away match with out a win, one thing that hadn’t occurred to the membership in practically 20 years.

Barcelona received 5 matches and drew three this season beneath the Dutch coach who took over shortly after the staff’s embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern within the Champions League final yr. His solely title with the Catalan membership was final season’s Copa del Rey.

In complete, Koeman coached Barcelona in 67 matches in his 15 months in cost, with 39 wins, 16 losses and 12 attracts.

Barcelona final season completed third within the Spanish league and was eradicated by PSG within the quarterfinals of the Champions league.

Koeman had been publicly at odds with Laporta, although the membership had just lately expressed its help for the coach, together with after he was harassed by a small group of followers outdoors the stadium after the house loss to Madrid final weekend.

Koeman had additionally upset a few of his gamers after saying Barcelona wouldn’t realistically contend for a lot this season because it continued to take care of critical monetary difficulties.

The membership additionally misplaced Antoine Griezmann to Atlético Madrid and was relying totally on kids who’ve been unexpectedly promoted from its youth squads.

The coach reportedly agreed to let go of striker Luis Suárez after he arrived in a bid to assist the staff financially. Suárez went on to assist Atlético win the league title final season.

A alternative for Koeman was not instantly introduced, however Spanish media reported former participant Xavi Hernández was the front-runner to take over.

The staff’s subsequent match is Saturday at dwelling towards relegation-threatened Alavés within the Spanish league.

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