Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Football Reporting
Football Reporting

Arsenal

Barcelona ‘99 per cent’ certain to sack Ronald Koeman after club finish outside LaLiga top two for first time since 2008


BARCELONA are ’99 per cent’ sure they will sack manager Ronald Koeman at the end of the season after failing to finish in the top two in LaLiga for the first time since 2008.

The Catalan giants’ title bid was ended on the penultimate weekend of the season as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Celta Vigo.

Koeman looks set to be sacked at the end of the season

2

Koeman looks set to be sacked at the end of the seasonCredit: Reuters
Celta Vigo came from behind at the Nou Camp to end Barcelona's title hopes

2

Celta Vigo came from behind at the Nou Camp to end Barcelona’s title hopesCredit: Alamy

The defeat turned out to be irrelevant anyway as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid both won to move clear of Barcelona with just one game remaining.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

It is the first time in 13 years that the club have finished below the runners-up spot, the last time coming in the 2007-08 season when they boasted the likes of Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho.

And it could get worse for Barca as a defeat in their final league game of the campaign away at Eibar will see them drop down to fourth if Sevilla beat Alaves.

The only silver lining was their 4-0 Copa del Rey final victory over Athletic Bilbao.

Off the back of a poor season, RAC1 believe that Barcelona are ’99 per cent’ certain Koeman will be let go in the summer.

It has been reported that the only way he will remain at the Nou Camp is if they cannot find a suitable replacement.

Koeman’s reign at Barca has been a disappointing one since he arrived at the beginning of the 2020-21 season.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Along with their LaLiga troubles, they were also thumped 5-2 by Paris Saint-Germain across the two legs of their Champions League last 16 tie.

WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros – our FREE fantasy football game

Meanwhile behind the scenes, they have been forced to deal with a presidential race which only came to a conclusion at the beginning of March when Joan Laporta was elected.

And then there has been the ever-present speculation over the future of Messi given his contract expires at the end of the season.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the squad were also forced to take a 50 per cent pay cut as the financial struggles at Barcelona were felt throughout the club.

Among those who are being touted as potential candidates to replace Koeman include current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and club legend Xavi.

Read our Football live blog for the very latest news from around the grounds

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.





Source link

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Barcelona

ANSU FATI is the next Lionel Messi at Barcelona with a €1BILLION release clause. But he is getting a non-league Biggleswade United jacket for...

Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette has said he will consider his options in January with his contract up at the end of the season, while Mikel Arteta...

Football News

NEWCASTLE United fans are the smelliest in the Premier League, a survey of long- suffering partners revealed. They shower less than rival teams’ supporters...

Bundesliga

Benfica’s Primeira Liga match at Belenenses on Saturday was abandoned amid extraordinary scenes after their COVID-hit opponents were forced to name a team of...