Barcelona fires Ronald Koeman after slow start to season
Barcelona sacked coach Ronald Koeman after Wednesday’s 1-0 LaLiga defeat at Rayo Vallecano, the Catalan club said on Wednesday.
“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,” the LaLiga club said in a statement.
“Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiv
We have every confidence in him, he’s our coach, and he deserves some leeway as he believes in the team and hasn’t been able to call on the entire squad yet,” Laporta said on Oct. 8 on Catalan radio.
That leeway didn’t extend very long. Barcelona did manage to defeat Dynamo Kiev to keep its hopes at securing a place in the Champions League knockout stage alive, but the club has three wins in its last 10 matches across all competitions and has fallen to ninth in La Liga, six points behind the four teams that are currently tied for first place.