Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona, Sergi Barjuan takes over as interim coach
Following numerous defeats, Barcelona has sacked Ronald Koeman; the club also appointed Sergi Barjuan as an interim coach.
Having started the season poorly, Spanish club Barcelona has finally sacked Ronald Koeman as head coach following a defeat they suffered at the hands of Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday. The report has it that club legend Xavi has been offered to take over.
The defeat saw Barcelona move down to ninth place in the La Liga table, as they have only been able to secure four winnings in their ten opening league games so far gone this season, which led them to be included in the playing the 4 to score in the 2021/22 campaign.
The Catalonia giants have not been able to find their footing in the Champions League this campaign, and this was said to be the main reason Koeman was sent packing after being in charge for one season.
The statement released by the Spanish club read: "FC Barcelona has dismissed Ronald Koeman tonight as coach of the first team. Club president Joan Laporta informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano.
"Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad this Thursday at the Ciudad Deportiva.
"FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the club and wishes him all the best in his professional career."
Not long after the Dutchman dismissal, the report has it that the Spanish giants are currently looking at their club legend Xavi, who is the current head coach of Al Sadd, as a replacement for the departed manager.
With Xavi having an exit clause included in his contract with the Qatar club, it is was further reported that the coach wants a move to Barcelona, who are willing to pay the fee to land him the managerial role at Camp Nou.
It was understood that Laporta had lost faith in Koeman for a long while, but he remained at the club despite guiding the team to a poor form for the 2021/22 season.
However, the 1-0 defeat handed to them by Rayo on Wednesday served as a catalyst that made Laporta realise that a change was needed in the club after the Catalans suffered a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in El Classico last weekend.
Koeman was announced as Barcelona manager in August 2020, filling the void left behind by QuiqueSetien, who the club sacked after guiding the Catalans to an embarrassing 8-2 defeat at the hands of German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
While the Dutchman saw his team struggle in his first season with the club, he could land one trophy in the form of the Copa del Rey that season.
This summer delivered another form of crisis to the club as they said their goodbyes to their superstar Lionel Messi, who joined Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent, coupled with their financial situation at the time.
Koeman managed 67 games for Barcelona, and he registered 40 wins, 11 draws and 16 defeats.
After parting ways with the Dutch manager, Barcelona now appoints Sergi Barjuan as interim manager as they continue to work on the arrival of Xavi from Al Sadd. Barjuan took charge of his first training session with Barcelona's first team on Thursday afternoon right after Laporta announced him.
Laporta was understood to have tagged Barjuan as the man to keep Barcelona moving while they continued to finalise an agreement with Al Sadd and Xavi.