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Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona reign goes from bad to worse as boss is given two-game ban with Frenkie De Jong also suspended

RONALD KOEMAN’S Barcelona reign has gone from bad to worse after being hit with a TWO-game ban.

The beleaguered boss was sent off in Thursday’s 0-0 draw at Cadiz.

Ronald Koeman will miss Barcelona's next two games through suspension


Ronald Koeman will miss Barcelona’s next two games through suspensionCredit: AP

And LaLiga chiefs will now prevent Koeman from sitting in the dugout for Barcelona’s next two games.

The Catalans have won just two of their opening five league matches this term.

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And Koeman will be absent for Sunday’s home clash with Levante – as well as a difficult trip to champions Atletico Madrid at the start of October.

The Dutch tactician is already under huge pressure from fans, having also been humiliated in the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

And with Barca chiefs already drawing up a shortlist of candidates, Koeman may have been directly involved in his last game at the club.

To make matters worse, the former Everton and Netherlands gaffer is also without star man Frenkie de Jong this weekend after he was sent off for two bookable offences against Cadiz.

And it appears to be just a matter of time before Barcelona ring the changes yet again.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez – another former Toffee – is thought to be the leading candidate.

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He has made no secret of his desire to return to club football after turning the Red Devils into one of the world’s best international sides.

But cash-strapped Barca will have to fork out a mammoth £1.5million to release Martinez from his Belgium contract.

Barcelona’s cash crisis infamously resulted in club legend Lionel Messi departing over the summer on a free transfer.

The Catalans now boast the likes of Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong in attack.

And Martinez may also have his work cut out should he eventually take charge at the Nou Camp.

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