Football Club Barcelona has sacked their first team manager Ronald Koeman with immediate effect after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano. Barcelona’s patience and belief in their former star player took a heavy toll on Sunday when they hosted their arch-rival Real Madrid as the match ended with Barcelona suffering a 2-1 defeat. It might seem that it was something very sudden, especially remembering the faith that Barcelona president Joan Laporta showed in Koeman earlier this month. But one has to believe that it is a result of the snowball effect of all the wrong things that had happened to Barcelona as a football club in the past.
Joan Laporta decided after Wednesday night defeat vs Rayo. pic.twitter.com/dBYgkGczEY
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 27, 2021
Everything that is wrong with the club can be dated back to the unfortunate UCL clash against Bayern Munich, in which they suffered a whooping 8-2 defeat. Following this, Koeman was appointed as the manager at the start of the 2020 season. In haste to make changes, Koeman took some very controversial decisions, selling Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid was one of them. Despite these moves, the results still did not turn in his team’s favor. They ended the 2020/21 season with only one trophy, won in the form of Copa Del Rey. Their league performance was miserable and UCL results were dismal.
Coming into the new season, everyone was hoping for things to change. Only it wasn’t to be. Rather they took a turn for the worst, as Barcelona sans their talisman Messi, had their worse start in both La Liga and Champions league alike. Therefore, a certain undercurrent was building up from a long time and the loss against Rayo on Wednesday just put the final nail in the coffin of Koeman’s managerial career at Barcelona.
According to sources of Marca, Xavi Hernandez, the club legend is the favorite to take over the role of Manager.
FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first team coach
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 27, 2021