Barcelona have sacked manager Ronald Koeman after Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano. Former Holland and Everton manager Koeman, leaves his roles at Nou Camp, with the Catalan giants languishing in ninth, six points behind Real Madrid.
President Joan Laporta, who has had a tough relationship with the former Ajax coach, lasted just 14 months in the role. The 58-year old who personally, paid to leave his role of manager of the Oranje, was arguably in a no win situation with Barcelona.
The departure of talismanic forward Lionel Messi, who left Barcelona after 21 years, to move to PSG, was naturally going to signal a transitional period for Barca. Gavi, Arajo and Pedri are just some of the youngsters who have been fielded by Koeman.
Five-time Champions League winners Barcelona who were the dominant side of Europe 10 years ago under Pep Guardiola, were always going to be facing a massive challenge once their dominance ended.
Patience is beautiful they say and Barcelona, have not demonstrated it here. Maybe the former Barca defender hasn’t deployed the Barca way in his tactics, but with starlet Ansu Fati again on the sidelines, calm and realism was needed.
The Barca board have not done that and are now looking for yet another manager. Roberto Martinez, Erik Ten Haag and Jurgen Klopp (surprisingly) have been mooted for the top job in Catalonia.