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FC Barcelona Sacks manager Ronald Koeman, after defeat

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Barcelona FC, on Wednesday night, sacked Ronald Koeman as its manager following a 1-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano.

His departure ends an unhappy chapter for the former player who won them their first European Cup in 1992 and leaves the club in turmoil on and off the field.

The defeat left Barcelona sitting ninth in La Liga on 15 points, six behind a quartet of clubs led by Real Madrid. Barça are third in their Champions League group having lost their opening two matches in Group E 3-0, at home to Bayern Munich and then away to Benfica. Ultimately, it was a sorry end for Koeman with the Rayo Vallecano supporters taunting Barcelona’s players and the manager as they left the pitch.

“FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first-team coach,” an official club statement read after the 1-0 loss.

The statement continued: “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.”

Koeman resigned from his job as the Netherlands manager in August 2020 to take the helm at the Camp Nou in succession to Quique Setién, who was dismissed after an 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in a Champions League quarter-final played on neutral ground because of Covid-19.

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