Ronald Koeman is no longer Barcelona coach.
The announcement was made by the culé direction in a short statement after midnight in Spain. “Barcelona removed Ronald Koeman from the role of coach of the first team tonight. The president of the club, Joan Laporta, announced it after the defeat by Rayo Vallecano», it can be read.
Barcelona is currently in the ninth place of the Spanish League with 15 points from ten games and has just three points from three games in the group stage of the Champions League, being at this point behind Benfica and Bayern Munich and out of the qualifying places for the round of 16 of the race.
Ronald Koeman had been with Barcelona since August last year, when he surrendered Quique Setién, having been chosen by then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who would leave office just two months later.
Since Laporta’s return to the club, the atmosphere between president and coach was far from healthy. The lack of alignment between the two was becoming noticeable in Koeman’s press conferences.