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Barcelona, Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona after defeat at Rayo Vallecano

Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona after defeat at Rayo Vallecano

10/28/2021 1:40:00 AM

Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona after defeat at Rayo Vallecano

Ronald Koeman has been sacked by Barcelona after they lost 1-0 at Rayo Vallecano, adding to the crisis at the club

Defeat leaves Barça ninth in La Liga, six points off topA disconsolate Ronald Koeman during Barcelona’s defeat at Rayo Vallecano.Photograph: Sergio Pérez/ReutersA disconsolate Ronald Koeman during Barcelona’s defeat at Rayo Vallecano.Photograph: Sergio Pérez/Reuters

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Wed 27 Oct 2021 23.24 BSTLast modified on Wed 27 Oct 2021 23.37 BSTRonald 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 leavesBarcelonaninth 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. headtopics.com

El FC Barcelona ha destituït aquesta nit Ronald Koeman com a tècnic del primer equip— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat)October 27, 2021Barcelona’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.”Rayo Vallecano supporters taunt Barcelona’s players and Ronald Koeman (third left) as they leave the pitch after the Dutchman’s team lost 1-0.

Photograph: Óscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty ImagesKoeman 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 fiveLa Ligagames, 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. headtopics.com

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