From the beginning, the cooperation between Ronald Koeman and Barcelona was on shaky feet, in the shadow of financial turmoil and tense negotiations over Lionel Messi's contract. As time passed, it became increasingly clear that the Dutchman would not stay on the Catalans' bench for long.
Moreover, it is a big surprise that he was fired only yesterday, and not a few weeks earlier. He leaves Barcelona in ninth place in the Primera Division with 15 points from 10 games and two defeats in the Champions League, which is why the fight with Benfica for second place is imminent.
Leading Bayern Munich is far behind with six points more. Former captain Xavi, with whom an agreement has already been reached, will try to put out the fire at Camp Nou, and an official announcement is expected during the next days.
In the meantime, Sergi Barjuan from the B team got the role of the coach of the first team and it is expected that he will be in it until the November national team break, ie for the matches against Alaves, Dynamo Kyiv, and Celta.
At the same time, the management of Barcelona will have to find a way to terminate the cooperation with Koeman, who allegedly has a clause in the contract according to which he is entitled to 13,000,000 euros if he is fired.
It is certain that the Dutchman will not give up the promised money so easily, although it rarely happens that the coaches are paid the full amount.
Koeman's mood could be especially affected by the way he found out about the dismissal, since the respected Marca, although stationed in Madrid, writes that the experienced coach was informed about the dismissal during the flight after returning from Madrid, after the defeat by Rayo Vallecano (0: 1).
Although he recently gave his trust, Joan Laporta did not want to procrastinate any longer and he already had conversations with his closest associates on the plane, while Koeman was sitting only a few meters away from them.
Since the decision was made quickly, it was passed on to the coach, and he passed it on to the members of the professional staff. All this happened during a one-hour flight from Madrid to Barcelona, and after landing and arriving at the training center, Koeman informed the players about the parting one by one in his office.
Then he packed his things and was the last to leave the building, well after midnight, writes Marca. Ronald Koeman is, by the way, the first coach that Joan Laporta fired during his presidency. In his first term, from 2003 to 2010, until the expiration of his five-year contract, the team was first led by Frank Rijkaard (2003-2008), and then by Pep Guardiola (2008-2012).