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Ronald Koeman sacked as Barcelona coach, official

Koeman in the defeat to Rayo Vallecano Wednesday evening // IMAGE: FUTBOL CLUB BARCELONA

Barcelona have sacked head coach Ronald Koeman immediately following Wednesday evening’s 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano.

President Joan Laporta didn’t hesitate after he saw Koeman’s the team lose to Rayo Vallecano Wednesday evening. Barcelona now sit down in 9th place in the league, and although the catalans are just six points behind leaders Real Madrid, Joan Laporta and the rest of the board have made their mind up.

Koeman has been under pressure from fans due to the recent poor results, with the relationship reaching a climax on Sunday. After the Clasico loss to Real Madrid, fans were pictured attempting to hinder Koeman leaving the Camp Nou in his car, with some attempting to kick the vehicle.

A statement from the club reads: “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. Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva.”

Historically reliable Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Barcelona icon Xavi Hernandez is favourite to take over the Camp Nou bench.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo have also been rumoured to be on Barcelona’s radar, but Xavi continues to be the favourite to take over.