Barcelona captains Pique and Busquets respond to Ronald Koeman exit

Barcelona captains Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets have been among the players to send messages to Ronald Koeman after his sacking from the club on Wednesday night

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Barcelona confirmed the dismissal of boss Ronald Koeman on Wednesday night after the club’s poor start to the season continued.

The pressure on the Dutchman had been ramped up in recent weeks with a defeat in El Clasico against Real Madrid on Sunday followed by a limp loss at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night.

Those results had left Barca languishing in ninth in the standings in La Liga with an underwhelming 15 points from their opening 10 league matches and just two wins in their last seven.

It means that the Catalan giants are six points from a top four slot that would guarantee Champions League qualification for next season, with Koeman sacked after the loss at Rayo.

The decision will cost Barcelona in the region of £10million due to the nature of Koeman’s contract and pay-off figure included.

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Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets have posted messages to Koeman


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The decision to sack Koeman in these circumstances was far from a shock and senior figures from within the club’s dressing room have now reacted to the news.

The Dutchman was sacked on Wednesday night, but it would take over 12 hours for any player within the Barca squad to react to the news.

The first to break the silence was teenage midfielder Nico Gonzalez, whom Koeman had promoted to the first-team squad this season.

The 19-year-old has featured nine times this season and the Dutchman’s one positive legacy at the Camp Nou is likely to be the volume of teenagers whom he gave opportunities too within his side.

Gonzalez posted on his Instagram account, alongside a picture of him high-fiving Koeman: “It will always remain in my memory that you were the coach who made my debut with the first team come true.”

The next Barca player to post any message came from club captain Sergio Busquets, who posted a brief message 16 hours after the club had confirmed Koeman’s dismissal.

Notably, the experienced midfielder did not dedicate an entire post to the Dutchman, instead posting a short and rather formal post on his Instagram stories (which disappear after 24 hours) of him alongside Koeman in a training session with the club.

Busquets posted on his stories on Instagram: “Thank you for everything mister. Good luck in the future.”

Next up was Barca vice captain and another dressing room leader, Gerard Pique – who posted a much more personable message in which he posted a picture of himself sharing a celebration with Koeman.

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Pique wrote on Twitter : “It has been a great pleasure to be at your command Ronald Koeman. I wish you all the luck in the world for the future. A big hug mister.”

Barca have moved to replace Koeman by promoting B team coach Sergi Barjuan – the club’s former left-back – into the first-team job on an interim basis.

It is expected that former midfielder Xavi Hernandez – currently at the helm of Qatari club Al Sadd – will take the post permanently.

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