Barcelona dismissed coach Ronald Koeman after a 1-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano. The news of the discharge from duties came to him from club president Joan Laporta.

The Barcelona football club thanked him for his service to the club and wished him all the best in his professional career.

Koeman spent six years with Barca as a player and was brought back to the club in August 2020 by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Barcelona is ninth in LaLiga on 15 points from 10 games, six points behind leaders Real Madrid who beat them 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

The team is third in their Champions League group with three points from three matches after suffering 3-0 defeats in their opening two games against Bayern Munich and Benfica.

Barcelona FC is five-time European champions and the results marked the first time in the club’s history that they had failed to score in their opening two European games.

New chief Joan Laporta, however, had an uneasy relationship with Koeman and had in the past called for him to be given time to rebuild after losing Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

The club is seeking a replacement for the 58-year-old. It is speculated that former midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who is in charge of Al Sadd in Qatar, and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez are the front runners for the role.

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