Barcelona fire Ronald Koeman
A 1-0 loss away at Rayo Vallecano proved a bridge too far for Ronald Koeman and the Barcelona hierarchy to cross harmoniously, and the club made the decision shortly after full-time to part ways with the Dutch legend.
Ironically, it was a former Atletico Madrid player, Radamel Falcao, who scored what proved to be the final goal under Koeman’s stewardship, given the financial grief that dealings with the club from the Spanish capital have caused the Blaugrana in recent years.
FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first team coach
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 27, 2021
In a statement, the Catalan club said:
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.
FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the Club and wishes him all the best in his professional career.
Xavi is now widely expected to replace the outgoing Koeman in the coming days, should an agreement be reached with current club Al-Sadd.
How much did it cost to part ways with him?
As per Spanish outlet El Pais, Barcelona have had to part with a hefty sum in order to remove him from the managerial role, with financial constraints perhaps the reason that he clung on to the job for so long in the first place.
The sum? Around 12 million euros, which will now have to be factored into any budget going forwards.
Reports in Spain claimed previously that Barcelona could only afford to spend around 16 million euros this January (as a first payment), and were looking to target Raheem Sterling. With 12 million now leaving the coffers, that move looks in serious doubt now.