Ronald Koeman has been sacked as Head coach of Barcelona, the club announced on Wednesday, with the former talented Barcelona Midfielder seen as the preferred choice to replace him after a 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano.
Barcelona have won only two of their last seven league games under Koeman, a run that included losing to Real Madrid in on Sunday in the El Clasico at Camp Nou.
Barcelona B coach Sergi Barjuan could take charge of the first team on an interim basis, with games against Alaves, Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, and Celta Vigo to come before the next international break.
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.
Xavi, who is currently in charge of Qatari club Al Sadd, is considered Koeman’s most likely successor.
BY IROEGBU IKECHUKWU