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How the papers reacted to Barcelona sacking Koeman

The Dutchman departed after defeat at Rayo

Rayo Vallecano v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman is front page news in Spain after being relieved of his duties as Barcelona coach following a 1-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday.

It’s hardly a surprise move by the Catalan giants, although many supporters will be wondering just what took Joan Laporta and Co. so long.

The papers are full of Koeman of course on Thursday.

Mundo Deportivo’s front page is already looking to the future. ‘Xavi for Koeman’ is the headline with a picture of the two men. MD seem pretty confident that Xavi will take over from the Dutchman once his departure from Al Sadd has been negotiated.

Over at Sport it’s all about Dutchman who has the front page all to himself. ‘Koeman Sacked’ is the headline splashed across the bottom of the page.

The Catalan daily also mentions how Laporta has shaken things up ahead of the Champions League clash at Dynamo Kiev to try and help prevent an early exit.

Diario AS have a similar front page with a picture of Koeman and the simple headline ‘Sacked.’

There’s also mention of how it was Radamel Falcao’s goal that meant the end for Koeman and talk about how Xavi is thought to be close to taking over.

‘Sacked! Rayo cause Koeman to lose his job’ is the headline on Marca who are predictably enjoying the whole saga at Barcelona.

The front page reckons Barca have ‘hit bottom’ and point out how the Catalan giants are already six points behind Los Blancos.

The best headline of the day though goes to L’Esportiu and it doesn’t really need any explaining as you can see below.

Their front page talks about the Rayo defeat being the last straw and how Barcelona will now move for Xavi and try to convince the club legend to join “immediately.”