Ronald Koeman sacked as FC Barcelona coach after 1-0 defeat to Rayo Valecano

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Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in charge. Koeman’s final game was the 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Wednesday night.

This defeat was his fourth defeat in six games in all competitions.

The Dutchman has been under pressure since his 3-0 defeat at Benfica in late September, which made this season the club’s worst-ever start to a Champions League campaign.

FC Barcelona lost 2-0 away to Atletico Madrid in La Liga on October 2, with former forward Luis Suarez scoring the second goal at the Metropolitano Stadium, and they trail league frontrunners Real Madrid by six points in the table.

Their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on October 24 was Koeman’s third El Clasico defeat in a row, and after the final whistle, the Barcelona boss was targeted by a crowd of fans who attacked his car as he tried to drive away from the stadium.

After the defeat on Wednesday, Koeman said: “The team has lost balance in the squad, lost very effective players, which shows. In recent years other clubs have strengthened every season and we haven’t, which also shows”.

Koeman was appointed in August last year and in his first campaign led Barcelona to third place in La Liga and won the Copa del Rey.

His second season has been a nightmare following the departure of Lionel Messi, who left as a free agent in the summer to join Paris Saint-Germain with financial issues leaving Barcelona unable to afford his wages.

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