Barcelona president Joan Laporta ‘never trusted’ Ronald Koeman before deciding to fire him ‘on the return flight’ from Rayo Vallecano’s defeat … with Xavi in the frame to replace the Dutchman after the international break , say the Spanish newspapers
- Ronald Koeman fired as Barcelona coach on Wednesday night
- The Dutchman was sacked a few hours after the 1-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano
- The Spanish press affirms that the dismissal of President Joan Laporta was inevitable
- Xavi is the favorite for the position but would not be expected to take office until November
The dismissal of Ronald Koeman from Barcelona was inevitable and months of preparation according to the Spanish press, with the dismissal of the Dutchman dominating their publications.
Koeman’s role as Barça manager ended late on Wednesday night following his team’s disastrous 1-0 loss to LaLiga’s Rayo Vallecano, which leaves the club ninth in the table.
It is Barca’s worst start to the season since the 1987-88 campaign, and already six points out of the top four leaves them in a potential battle just to reach the Champions League this season, which is essential given their fragile financial situation.
Spanish newspapers Sport and AS led with Ronald Koeman being ‘fired’ by Barcelona
Koeman’s dismissal followed a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night.
Therefore, it is not surprising that former Barça player Koeman is leaving, and many of the Spanish publications believed that it was inevitable.
Most of the covers bore the word “fired,” and Sport claimed that Koeman’s departure was as long as it was dramatic.
They affirm the defeat of Vallecano in addition to the defeat of the classic Real Madrid that triggered the dismissal, which was made by the president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, on the return flight from the last LaLiga defeat.
Sport also claimed that Laporta never trusted Koeman to disagree with the coach on football-related matters, despite publicly supporting him.
President Joan Laporta (left) reportedly made the call to officially fire Koeman while he was on a flight back from the game where he is pictured above.
Marca denounced how Rayo lost Koeman in his position, while Mundo focused on how Xavi was the favorite to replace the Dutchman at Camp Nou
While Laporta appeared to act on the flight back from Vallecano’s defeat, AS claims the decision to eliminate Koeman was made a month ago following a 3-0 Champions League loss at Benfica that left the club pointless in Europe after their first two games.
AS added that Xavi is eager to replace Koeman as coach, but is not expected to take over until the next international break in November.
Meanwhile, Mundo has stated that while Barça awaits Xavi, their B-team coach Sergi Barjuan is expected to take over on an interim basis until the international break.
Xavi is reportedly in line to take control of Barcelona after the international break
They added that Barça’s form state away from home has been particularly problematic, as they have yet to win in LaLiga or Europe in five games.
In addition, they mentioned how Laporta’s decision to fire Koeman comes just five days after he backed the Dutchman with “utmost confidence.”
Meanwhile, Marca reflected on Koeman’s managerial career at the Nou Camp as “more shadows than lights,” but praised the 58-year-old for his confidence in developing youth players in difficult financial circumstances, including Nico, Gavi and Balde. .