Barcelona's Ronald Koeman pay-off with crisis riddled club forced to fork out millions

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The decision from Barcelona to dismiss boss Ronald Koeman on Wednesday night was a long time coming.

Club president Joan Laporta – elected to the position in March – was always likely to want a new direction in the dugout to Koeman, who was appointed by his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu last summer.

Laporta considered replacing Koeman last summer but was unable to do so due to the club’s precarious financial position with the same true throughout the opening months of the campaign – Barca could not afford to dismiss the Dutchman.

Yet defeat in El Clasico against Real Madrid on Sunday and a limp loss at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night meant the outcome was inevitable, with Koeman sacked after the game.

The outcome was primarily a calculated risk by Barca that if they changed coach at this point, they may be able to rescue their season and meet their objectives of Champions League qualification for next season and progression to the knockout stages this year.

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Barcelona's Ronald Koeman pay-off with crisis riddled club forced to fork out millions
© AFP via Getty Images Koeman is owed a substantial pay-off by Barcelona

Nevertheless, the decision to sack Koeman means that Barca must shell out €12million (£10.1m) to the Dutchman – as outlined by Diario Sport – along with the costs involved in appointing any replacement.

Koeman’s appointment last summer had an agreement whereby he would personally pay the buyout clause of his contract with the Dutch FA due to his managerial position with the Netherlands – as Barca could not afford to do so.

However, that agreement was with the condition that he would be paid back that amount in full by the Catalan club if they agreed to terminate his deal before it expired in June 2022.

Therefore, Barca must pay that amount on top of Koeman’s remaining salary for the final eight months of his deal.

A report in Marca has also outlined how Barca still owe their former manager Quique Setien €4million after his dismissal last year, with outstanding monies also owed to Ernesto Valverde – who was sacked in January 2020.

Those outgoings mean that the next coach of the Blaugrana will be the lowest paid proportionately in their history as they will be limited to a maximum annual salary of €3.88million – compared to Koeman’s deal of €6million.

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Former club captain Xavi Hernandez is the favourite to be named new Barcelona boss while former star player Lionel Messi has already endorsed his former teammate as the successor.

As outlined by Sport, Barca will have to pay his current club Al Sadd a €1million clause to release him from his contract.

Xavi was the record-appearance holder at Barcelona (767) before being surpassed by Messi this year and is now coaching Al Sadd.

The former midfield maestro has broken the Qatari domestic record for 34 league games unbeaten and has won seven trophies as club boss.

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