The Dutchman has been shown the door at the hem of affairs at the Camp Nou following a 1-0 loss to Los Franjirrojos, Koeman definitely would have seen it coming, with 3 wins out of 10 games, and also leaving the Catalans at the 9th position on the table made the pendulum swing in his direction.
He got sacked after the game as the Barca chiefs could not take it anymore. This is Barca’s worst start to a season since the 1987-88 campaign where they finished sixth that year, now they sit ninth
on the table, as they continue to drift away from the top of the table towards the relegation zone rather the aiming for the top of the table, he knew the ax was coming on him if he lost the game against Rayo, and it did happen.
The story would have been different had Memphis converted his penalty and Sergino not blazing wide from the five yards. This is the first time Barca is losing to the Madrid club in 19 years even under the tutelage of Louis Van Gaal.
The story surrounding Barca this season has not been a good one, with just one goal in the away games, and losing their first two matches in their UCL campaign, which has never happened before in their history. If they continue this way if means come the end of the season they will miss out on the UCL and Europa coupled with their financial state that is in a mess, then they are heading for doom.
Social media was thrown into a frenzy hearing the sacking of Koeman, everybody pouring in and having a thing or two say with the sacking, Barca fans globally were the happiest, some thanked him for his services, while the others expressed their joy with the sacking.
Koeman’s sacking has been in the pipeline for quite some time and he himself knew it, the directors at Barca were not able to make the change due to financial concern and lack of suitable alternative as the club president Joan Laporta openly spoke in the summer.
Barca defeated Dynamo Kiev 1-0 in an unconvincing manner, the win howbeit, leaves the chances of qualification hanging in the balance.
The defeat by Benfica appeared to be the last time he was in charge of the Catalan club, the club directors had a meeting that lasted till 4 am in the morning on his future. Rayo’s defeat was the last they could swallow, thus, he was axed.
Barcelona will have to pay Koeman €12million (£10.1m) after asking him to, the defeat at Rayo left them with no option despite the financial crisis they are going through, the result leaves them at the mid-table.
Having sacked Koeman, the club could be turning to yet another Barca star, which is also the fan’s favorite, but President Laporta has expressed in the time past that he doesn’t think Xavi Hernandes was ready to take up the big job.
Xavi has also expressed interest that he would like to coach when the time is right, with the sacking of Koeman, there is no better to rescue Barca’s season and start building from the scratch at the Camp Nou.
Koeman’s reign as a Barca coach cemented with the loss at Rayo, and Memphis Depay was at the heart of it, he squandered a penalty that should have leveled the game, while Sergino Dest blazed wide from 5yards, both were players he brought in, and they, in turn, sold him out with their display.
To unburden the club of its’s financial woes players like Griezmann, Lionel Messi, all left the club, while Luis Suarez was not in Koeman’s plan and he was shifted to Athletico where he scored 21 goals last season and also lifted La Liga. Despite some players like Aguero, Memphis Depay, coming in on free transfer did not help to remedy the situation.
Koeman would be remembered for guiding the team to Copa Del Rey last season and some credit was given to him, but the same form has not been replicated this term.