Ronald Koeman ‘to be sacked’ by Barcelona after awful run with four options lined up

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is reportedly set to be sacked by the club after their latest humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday. Two goals from Uruguayan forward Darwin Nunez, either side of a strike from Rafa Silva, condemned Barcelona at the Estadio da Luz and means they have lost their opening two group stage games.

What’s worse is the Catalan giants failed to register a single shot on target during the entire 90 minutes.

And according to Spanish outlet Sport, the club have run out of patience with the Dutchman, with the board meeting in the early hours of the morning to discuss a potential replacement.

Koeman himself admitted he could be dismissed in a post-match interview following the latest embarrassing display in Lisbon.

When asked whether he felt he had the backing of his players, Koeman said: “I feel the players are behind me,” but when asked a similar question about the club’s board, he replied: “I don’t know.”

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The Dutchman went to on to discuss his side’s performance against the Portuguese giants, with Barcelona offering very little throughout the entirety of the match.

“This is not the team of years gone by. It’s crystal clear,” Koeman said.

“The result is hard to take. I don’t think it’s a fair reflection. After conceding so early we responded well but we couldn’t score.

“They are very quick and strong. There are a lot teams stronger than us.”

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Koeman would leave Barcelona with one of the worst win percentages the club has seen in modern times.

The Barcelona boss has a win percentage of 61%, which is even lower than Quique Setien who won just 64% of his game’s in charge.

Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid in what is a huge clash at the weekend, but win lose or draw, it is likely to signal the end for Koeman.

However, Barcelona’s crippling financial situation has made the task of sacking Koeman even more difficult.

MailOnline say the club would owe Koeman £10.4million (€12m) to relieve him from his duties.

But it doesn’t end there as the club are currently operating outside the limit of La Liga’s financial regulations, meaning a special rule comes into play which states that the club can only sign new players, or bring in a new coach for just a quarter of the cost of those leaving.

Barcelona are currently sixth in La Liga, five points behind rivals and league leaders Real Madrid. 

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