Following Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, Barcelona confirmed that Ronald Koeman had been fired as first team head coach.
Barça’s response to Koeman’s dismissal is as follows:
Ronald Koeman has been stripped of his duties as first-team coach of FC Barcelona. After the defeat against Rayo Vallecano, the club’s president, Joan Laporta, notified him of the decision. On Thursday, Ronald Koeman will bid his squad farewell at the Ciutat Esportiva.
FC Barcelona wishes him all the best in his professional career and thanks him for his contribution to the Club.
After 14 months in command, Koeman exits with a 67-game record of 39 victories, 12 draws, and 16 losses. Last season, Koeman won the 2021 Copa del Rey and finished third in La Liga, but Barça were knocked out of the Champions League Round of 16 by Paris Saint-Germain.
Despite predictions that he would leave once Joan Laporta was elected president in the summer, Koeman stayed and guided Barça to an unblemished start to the league season after six games. However, after a pair of 3-0 losses to Bayern Munich and Benfica, and only 15 points from the first ten games in La Liga, including a loss at home to Real Madrid in El Clásico followed by a poor performance away to newly promoted RCD Mallorca, the team is looking to turn things around.
Barça will now begin the search for a new manager, with club legend Xavi Hernández apparently ready to accept an offer to quit his current post at Al-Sadd in Qatar right now. Other options reported are Antonio Conte, Erik Ten Hag of Ajax, and Belgium manager Roberto Martnez, and the new coach should be announced within the next few days.