After the defeat against Rayo Vallecano, FC Barcelona separated from their Dutch coach. Xavi is the huge favorite to succeed him.
FC Barcelona sacked Ronald Koeman from his coaching post after Wednesday’s defeat at Rayo Vallecano (1-0). Goal is able to confirm that his succession has been offered to club legend Xavi. The defeat left FC Barcelona in ninth place in the La Liga table, with just four wins from the first ten league games. The Blaugrana have also struggled in the Champions League this year, which led to the ouster of Ronald Koeman.
OFFICIAL – Koeman and FC Barcelona, it’s over
“FC Barcelona dismissed Ronald Koeman from his first-team coaching position tonight. Club president Joan Laporta informed them of the decision after the loss to Rayo Vallecano. Ronald Koeman will bid farewell to the team. ‘team this Thursday at Ciudad Deportiva. FC Barcelona would like to thank him for the services rendered to the club and wish him the best in his professional career “, wrote the Catalan club in its official statement, published late Wednesday evening.
What now, Xavi?
Barca may soon have a replacement for Ronald Koeman as Goal can confirm that longtime midfielder and current Al Sadd head coach Xavi has been offered the job. Xavi has an exit clause with the Qatari club, but it is understood that he wants to join FC Barcelona, who are ready to pay the sum necessary to secure the services of the 41-year-old. Always according to Goal, Joan Laporta had not trusted Ronald Koeman for several weeks, but he remained in office despite a sluggish start to the season. Now, the president of Barça is determined to afford the services of Xavi to go up the slope.
As a reminder, the Dutchman was inducted at the head of FC Barcelona in August 2020, after the dismissal of Quique Setien following the club’s disastrous 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Ronald Koeman saw his side fight for his first season at the helm, but still managed to bring home a trophy, the Copa del Rey. The result was a succession of failures, in the wake of Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021.