Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona after defeat at Rayo Vallecano
- Dutchman goes 14 months after taking over
- Defeat leaves Barça ninth in La Liga, six points off top
Ronald Koeman has been sacked by Barcelona after they lost 1-0 at Rayo Vallecano, ending an unhappy chapter for the former player who won them their first European Cup in 1992 but adding to the crisis at the club.
The defeat leaves Barcelona ninth in La Liga on 15 points, six behind a quartet of clubs led by Real Madrid. Barça are third in their Champions League group and lost their first two matches in Group E 3-0, at home to Bayern Munich and then away to Benfica.
Barcelona’s statement said: “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 resigned from his job at Netherlands manager in August 2020 to take the helm at the Camp Nou in succession to Quique Setién, who was dismissed after an 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in a Champions League quarter-final played on neutral ground because of Covid-19.
But the Dutchman was unable to arrest the decline, finishing third last season after his side won only two of their last five La Liga games, and a financial crisis took hold, leading eventually to the departure of Lionel Messi. After the poor start to the current season, it was thought that the depth of the financial problems were the only reason Koeman kept his job so long.
Barcelona lost the first clásico of the season on Sunday, going down 2-1 at home to Real Madrid.