Barcelona have sacked Ronald Koeman as head coach after losing at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday target can confirm that the role has now been offered to club legend Xavi.
The defeat put Barcelona ninth in the league table after winning just four of their first ten league games.
The Blaugrana also had problems in the Champions League this season, which resulted in Koeman being ousted after just over a season.
What would be said?
“FC Barcelona sacked Ronald Koeman as their first-team coach tonight,” began a statement released by the club. “Club President Joan Laporta informed him of the decision after losing to Rayo Vallecano.
“Ronald Koeman will be saying goodbye to the squad this Thursday at Ciudad Deportiva.
“FC Barcelona thanks him for his services to the club and wishes him all the best in his professional career.”
Xavi offered the job
Barca could soon have a replacement for Koeman as target can confirm that the club’s legendary former midfielder and current Al Sadd head coach Xavi was offered the job.
Xavi has a release clause for Qatar and it is believed he would like to join Barcelona, which is willing to pay the fee needed to keep the 41-year-old safe.
The loss of Rayo hastened Laporta’s decision
Laporta had lost confidence in Koeman a few weeks ago,target understands, but he stayed in office despite a sluggish start to the season.
But after Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Rayo, which came after Real Madrid’s 2-1 loss in El Clasico over the weekend, Laporta felt a change was needed immediately.
Koeman’s time in charge
The Dutchman was confirmed as Barcelona coach in August 2020 and took over after Quique Setien was sacked after the club’s disastrous 8-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.
Koeman saw his side struggle in his first season as a coach but managed to bring home a piece of silver in the form of the Copa del Rey.
This off-season saw the club go through a major period of turmoil as Lionel Messi left as a free agent due to his difficult financial situation after Barca failed to sign him again.
Overall, Koeman had a record of 40 wins, 11 draws and 16 defeats in 67 competitive games.