Barcelona: Ronald Koeman was fired on the flight home from the loss to Rayo Vallecano by Joan Laporta
REVEALED: Ronald Koeman was fired on the FLIGHT HOME of Barcelona’s sad defeat to Rayo Vallecano by a ‘very angry’ Joan Laporta … with the Dutchman set to get a £ 10 million reward for 14 months in charge
Ronaldo Koeman was sacked by Barcelona before the wheels landed on his flight home after a sad 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano.
The Dutchman finally came out of his misery on Wednesday night after another flat exhibition in LaLiga that has left his side in trouble ninth in the table, with president Joan Laporta coming out ‘very angry’ with the result, according to the Spanish publication Sport.
Koeman, who was named 14 months ago, has led Barça to their worst start to the season since the 1987-88 campaign and his team is closer to the relegation zone than to the top of the table.
Ronald Koeman was fired by Barcelona during the flight home from the defeat against Rayo Vallecano
His warring side produced another grim display that turned out to be the last straw.
The Laporta Supreme Club is said to have briefly consulted with staff members and fellow directors aboard the flight before making a decision on Koeman’s future. The Dutchman was aware of his destination before the plane landed, the reports add, and he knew he would not be able to complete the training the next day.
Just hours after his return to Barcelona, the club made the announcement official, now looking for his replacement.
Legendary midfielder Xavi has already been installed, as the favorite is said to be in talks about the role, though Laporta has previously indicated that he wasn’t ready for a big job just yet.
The president of the club, Joan Laporta, was ‘very angry’ after the result and made a quick decision
Legendary midfielder Xavi has established himself as the favorite to take over from the Dutchman
Nevertheless, Sportsmail understands that both parties believe that now might be the right time to save the season and build around the young players that have emerged in the last 12 months.
Koeman will reportedly be allowed to say goodbye to the players and staff on Thursday before leaving, as his stars prepare for their next game against Alaves.
Despite spending less than two years in the position, he is in line to pocket around 12 million euros (£ 10 million) in a lucrative severance package, despite the club struggling financially and forced to perform lots of free transfers this summer.
Koeman is in line to pocket around £ 10 million despite only being in charge for 14 months
Barcelona is going through one of the most convulsive periods and is ninth in the LaLiga table
Koeman oversaw one of the most turbulent periods in the club’s recent history when the talisman Lionel Messi left for PSG in a bosman, while Barça brought in compatriot Memphis Depay and former Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero.
But new acquisitions have failed to inspire Barça to success this season, with the team producing a series of lackluster displays. They were defeated 2-1 in the first Clásico of the season against Real Madrid and 2-0 against Atlético.
Most worryingly, they lost 3-0 to Benfica in the Champions League last month, a result that saw club directors debate Koeman’s future until 4 a.m. before allowing him a stay of execution, but he was of course it was a dead man walking.