Xavi (Nearly) In, Ronald Koeman Out, But Barcelona Are Still In Disarray

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Ronald Koeman has been scurrying around like a dead man walking in recent months, booking his own plot at the cemetery, ordering some tasteful wreaths from the florist, and chiselling his own epitaph on a headstone before climbing Dracula-style into his own coffin, getting comfortable, and closing the lid.

With Barcelona in the midst of a financial crisis that was entirely not his fault, the Dutch coach was already working with his arms tied behind his back and his ankles hampered. When the club president, Joan Laporta, stated last summer that he was only still in the job because they couldn’t find anyone else to do it, Koeman knew the game was up. Laporta eventually pulled the trigger yesterday night, despite giving the coach his rather unconvincing public backing on at least two occasions. Following back-to-back La Liga losses to Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona’s president opted to send the Dutchman through the Door Marked Do One – even if it meant paying him €13m large that they don’t have.

source : guardian sport

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