Barcelona: rumors of the new Barcelona coach LIVE: Koeman sacked, arrival of Xavi imminent …
Ronald koeman was removed from his duties as Barcelona head coach on Wednesday night after the club’s 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano, leaving the Blaugrana ninth in the table. In the Champions League, Barcelona are third in their group after losing their first two matches against Bayern Munich and Benfica. Now the focus is on who will replace Koeman at Camp Nou.
Xavi hernandez is the main candidate to take over Barcelona, but the Catalan club must first find an agreement with Al Sadd to keep him away from Qatar, with the 41-year-old under contract until June 30, 2023.
Other names that have been linked to the assumption are River plate chief Marcelo Gallardo and Belgium director Roberto Martinez, while Sergi Barjuan Where Albert Capellas will become interim head coach until the arrival of the new coach.
6:00 p.m. BST: Xavi’s first words
As rumors circulate that Xavi is set to take over as Barcelona coach, the current Al Sadd boss has offered his take on the news.
“I’m currently focused on my work with Al Sadd and I can’t talk about anything else,” Xavi said at a press conference. READ MORE HERE
17:30 BST: Sergi is in control
After being given the job of first-team coach, albeit on an interim basis, Sergi Barjuan completed his first training session.
4:45 PM BST: Sergi already knows the team
Sergi Barjuan takes the temporary reins at Barcelona, he has already met the players in his new position.
4.30 p.m. BST: message from Pjanic to Koeman
Ronald Koeman has never taken a liking to Miralem Pjanic, who did not understand why since he was forced to leave the club, joining Besiktas at the end of the summer transfer window. After the Dutchman was sacked, the Bosnian posted an interesting story on Instagram.
“Knowing when to let that shit go,” the quote read, Pjanic adding the OK hand sign emoji.
16:00 BST: Laporta is not happy with some players
According to Sport’s Toni Juanmarti, the meeting between the board and the first team is underway, as they explain the reasons why Koeman was sacked, the situation with Xavi, and also to demand more from the players. Laporta, in particular, is not happy with the recent performances of some players.
3:00 p.m. BST: Yuste and Alemany in Catalonia
Contrary to reports reported earlier today that Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany are already on their way to Qatar to discuss a deal to bring Al Sadd boss Xavi Hernandez to Barcelona, journalist Adria Albets reports that the two are still in Catalonia and are training for Barcelona. ground. Almost all of the players are there too – they have their first training session under Sergi Barjuan this afternoon.
12:30 p.m. BST: Goodbye from Pedri to Koeman
“I’m sorry things didn’t work out the way we wanted them to, coach,” Pedri wrote. “I will always be grateful for everything you have done for me: for placing your trust in me from day one and for the opportunity to make my dream come true in Barcelona. I wish you the best both personally and professionally. . “
14:00 BST: Cesc Fabregas in Barcelona
During a question-and-answer session on Twitter, Cesc Fabregas was asked about whether Barcelona can return to the top in the short term. “Football changes very quickly. There are many examples, and some very recent, of how someone can change a team with the same players in a short period of time. The chosen coach will be the key,” Fabregas replied. .
1:30 p.m. BST: Barjuan confirmed as interim coach
Barcelona have announced that B-team coach Sergi Barjuan has taken over the interim first team. There will be a press conference on Friday from 12:00 BST with Barjuan and Barcelona President Joan Laporta.
1:00 p.m. BST: Koeman wants his money
Koeman does not want to give up a single penny of the 12 million euros owed to him after being sacked, says Moises Llorens. Considering the way he’s been treated over the past year, that’s probably fair enough.
12:30 p.m. BST: Koeman’s relief
Ronald Koeman feels “released after reaching the end of his agony” after his dismissal as Barcelona boss, Lluis Canut told Toni Juanmarti.
12:00 BST: Negotiations for Xavi
A deal could be announced soon Barcelona and Xavi, according to Edu Polo of Mundo Deportivo, but the Catalan club must first iron out his departure from Al Sadd and also which staff he will bring to Camp Nou.
Barcelona really want Xavi to be in the driver’s seat as they take on Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine on November 2 in what is a key game as they look to advance to the Champions League group stage. However, Al Sadd is playing at home against their big rivals Al Duhail on November 3 and then there is a hiatus of almost two months due to the Arab Cup, so it is believed that he could leave after November 3 but not before.
11:40 BST: Schreuder says goodbye too
Alfred Schreuder, who was Ronald Koeman’s assistant, visited the Barcelona training ground to collect his things and say goodbye to some staff, according to Moises Llorens.
11:20 BST: imminent arrival of Xavi
As Sport’s Toni Juanmarti reports, Barcelona president Joan Laporta will hold a meeting with the players at 3:30 p.m. BST to declare that Xavi will be the new coach.
11:00 a.m. BST: Xavi’s success
Xavi won his seventh trophy as Al Sadd boss just days ago, as his side beat Al Rayyan 5-4 on penalties to win the Emir Cup.
10:30 am BST: Koeman’s Barcelona record
Koeman has led Barcelona for a total of 67 games, in which he won 40 games, drew 11 and lost 16.
10:00 BST: Koeman bids farewell today
Although Koeman received his marching orders on Wednesday night, he will say goodbye to Barcelona players at the club’s training ground today.