After much losses including the 1-0 loss away at Rayo Vallecano proved a bridge too far for Ronald Koeman and the Barcelona hierarchy to cross harmoniously, and the club made the decision shortly after full-time to part ways with the Dutch legend.
Incidentally, it was a former Atletico Madrid player, Radamel Falcao, who scored what proved to be the final goal under Koeman’s stewardship, given the financial grief that dealings with the club from the Spanish capital have caused the Blaugrana in recent years.
Furthermore, a statement the Catalan club released reads:
Xavi is now widely expected to replace the outgoing Koeman in the coming days, should an agreement be reached with current club Al-Sadd.
What it costs Barcelona to relieve Koeman of his duty post
As per Spanish outlet El Pais, Barcelona has had to part with a hefty sum in order to remove him from the managerial role, with financial constraints perhaps the reason that he clung on to the job for so long in the first place.
The sum? Around 12 million euros, which will now have to be factored into any budget going forwards.
Reports in Spain claimed previously that Barcelona could only afford to spend around 16 million euros this January (as a first payment), and were looking to target Raheem Sterling. With 12 million now leaving the coffers, that move looks in serious doubt now.