Barcelona has sacked Ronald Koeman following an embarrassing 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano. Koeman and Barcelona have won only 5 out of 15 games this season. They were beaten in the El Classico earlier this week, and the defeat to the La Liga newcomers compounded a torrid season for the Catalans. Joan Laporta has done the needful and he has sacked Koeman. The Dutchman’s record with Barcelona stands; 66 games, 39 wins, 12 draws, and 16 losses. They have lost big games against Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Benfica, and Bayern Munich this season already. In the game against Bayern at Camp Nou, Barca failed to register a shot on target.
With the departure of Lionel Messi, everyone expected Barcelona to struggle, but they have been woeful this season, lacking structure and a clear plan on the field.
Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez looks like the popular choice to take charge. While there are worries about his relative inexperience, Barcelona wants to go out trying the Cruyff way. With a manager like Antonio Conte readily available on the market, it is surprising that Barcelona remains adamant about Xavi. To be fair to Xavi, his managerial career has started well. He finished his career at Al Sadd in Qatar and took over as coach. He has since won seven titles with the club. Xavi’s team won the league with a 13 point edge in the 20/21 season, earning 19 wins and 3 draws. They finished the season unbeaten .
Despite these great results, Qatar is nowhere near La Liga in terms of the strength of the league and pressure on the coach. Also, this trend of hiring club legends might occasionally produce wonderful results like Zinedine Zidane at Real, Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, and Diego Simeone at Atletico, but it can also end terribly. See Andrea Pirlo at Juventus, Frank Lampard at Chelsea, and Ronald Koeman at Barcelona. With an experienced coach like Conte available and looking for a job, Barcelona should be looking his way if they want to get back to winning ways. Especially with Manchester United apprehensive about hiring the Italian.
For now, it looks like Xavi will be Barcelona’s next boss. We wait to see how it will end.