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Ronald Koeman sacked as Barcelona coach, football news, replacement, next manager

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Ronald Koeman has been sacked as coach of Barcelona, the club announced on Wednesday, after defeat by Rayo Vallecano left the club ninth in La Liga.

Barca have won only two of their last seven league games under Koeman, a run that included losing to Real Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico at Camp Nou.

A poor start to the season has raised the possibility of the team failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League, which would have enormous consequences for the club’s already-dire financial situation.

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Barcelona’s former midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who is currently in charge of Qatari club Al Sadd, and River Plate coach Marcel Gallardo are reportedly among those under consideration to take over.

A club statement released after midnight in Spain on Wednesday read: “FC Barcelona has dismissed Ronald Koeman as coach of the first team tonight.

“The president of the club, Joan Laporta, has informed him after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano. Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad this Thursday at the Ciudad Deportiva.

“The FC Barcelona wants to thank him for his services and wishes him good luck in his career.”

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Taylor's Tuesday Transfers: Newcastle target new forward, Arsenal and Aston Villa medicals

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NEWCASTLE, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brentford, Burnley, Millwall and Nottingham Forest all feature in this week’s edition of Taylor’s Tuesday Transfers.

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What Ralf Rangnick told Man Utd chiefs in meeting about Maguire, Shaw and Wan-Bissaka

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel comments on Lukaku and Ziyech altercation after Brighton draw

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