It was only a matter of time before Ronald Koeman was sacked judging from past precedents. Although much will be blamed on the overall capacity of the squad, but the team had enough to at least deliver results and hold the ground while injured players recovered.
However, the inability of Koeman to manage his team and provide acceptable result is his undoing. This was also made known by the club’s President who stated that the Dutchman was sacked because of the teams poor performance and nothing more. The fact that Koeman is a club legend wasn’t the issue.
However, FC Barcelona is considering their options in the market right now, and former Captain Xavi Hernandez is at the top of the list. The Barca legend has since upgraded his CV to coaching status, with Qatari side Al Sadd benefitting from his managerial prowess. Although the former Spanish International has his hands full right now in Qatar, rumours suggest he is likely going to be the next Barca manager.
Speaking on the issue when quizzed by news agents, Barca President Joan Laporta addressed the Xavi Hernandez reports circulating in the media. He said –
“But I prefer not to speak about Xavi. He’s an option but we have several.” Speaking further, he added that he has a good relationship with Xavi and has a good opinion of the midfielder –
“I know his opinion, what he thinks about the squad we have and what we need to do. My opinion of him as a coach is very good. I haven’t seen [many of his games] with Al Sadd, but I have watched Barca games with him speaking on the phone.”
Barca B coach Sergi Barjuan has since been appointed as the interim manager after Koeman was sacked on Wednesday night. He will oversee Barca’s game for now until the club appoints a new gaffe.