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The gloom at Barcelona could be lifted with the news that Xavi is set to replace Ronald Koeman

1 month ago   |   By CaughtOffside

A defeat at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night was the final straw for Joan Laporta who acted in the immediate aftermath to relieve Ronald Koeman of his duties as Barcelona coach.
The Dutchman had only been in charge of a club he served with distinction as a player for just over a year, but he's overseen one of the worst periods in club history, much of the problems being caused by Koeman himself.
His stubbornness in not playing certain stars and often refusing to adopt the favoured Barca 4-3-3 formation was as much to blame for his downfall as anything else.
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