Barcelona have sacked manager Ronald Koeman.
The Dutch coach took charge at the Nou Camp in the summer of 2020 following previous spells with Premier League sides Southampton and Everton. He also secured qualification at Euro 2020 for the Netherlands.
In what was a turbulent first season in charge last term, with heavy home defeats to Juventus and PSG in the Uefa Champions League, Koeman delivered silverware in the form of the Copa Del Rey despite finishing behind Madrid rivals Atletico and Real in the race for the La Liga title.
Koeman, who famously scored the winning goal for Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup final as the Catalans claimed Europe’s top prize for the first time, was tasked with returning Barca to former glories in the wake of Lionel Messi’s shock exit and subsequent transfer to PSG prior to the beginning of the current campaign.
However, a poor start to the season along with a 1-0 defeat to Ray Vallecano on Wednesday night was too much for the Barcelona board to take as they finally and somewhat inevitably cut ties with a club legend.
Koeman leaves with the side sitting 9th in the table with 15 points from their opening ten games. They also lie in 3rd position in their Champions League group behind Bayern Munich and Benfica.
More to follow.