Barcelona ready to replace Ronald Koeman with new manager
Barcelona have reportedly decided to part ways with Ronald Koeman at the end of the season.
Ronald Koeman could leave Barcelona by mutual consent at the end of the season following the end of their Laliga title hopes.
Their draw with both Atletico Madrid, Levante and a defeat from Celta Vigo worsened the situation to make the Dutchman's situation threatening.
Xavi has been linked with the position after Koeman departs at the end of the season.
The poor results by the Catalans means that, they now sit seven points behind Atletico and five behind Real Madrid.
As a result, reports from Spain have claimed that Koeman is set to be sacked, with Spanish outlet Sport naming Xavi as the man Laporta wants in charge of Barcelona next season.
Xavi has always been considered as the heir to Pep Guardiola both as a player and as a manager by the Catalonians.
The report also notes that Xavi 'was always considered the heir to Pep Guardiola' both as a player and now as a manager.
Barca’s President Joan Laporta is said to view Koeman as 'another president's coach' and he wants to put his own stamp on the club by replacing him.
Speaking ahead of Barca’s defeat, Koeman said; "I cannot explain much of what happened in the meeting with Laporta.
But the issue of Koeman leaving Camp Nou has touched the heart of former Barcelona star Rivaldo, who has also voiced out saying:
"I think we should also take the positives from this season in which no one seemed to believe in Barça's chances of winning La Liga thanks to a phase of turbulence at the club that led to a new president, new coach,
"Despite this late slump at La Liga that might be crucial for title purposes, Barcelona ended up winning Copa del Rey and having a nice performance at the second half of the season when Ronald Koeman found a better tactical system of 3-5-2.
"In a very tough season for the club with many options in the squad and even at the presidency, the Dutch manager produced some solid work.
"Bring through some young talents while keeping the team competitive, so, I consider he deserves the confidence of Juan Laporta for next season."