Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Ex-Barça: Ronald Koeman dismissed by Valencia

Former Barcelona central defender Ronald Koeman (45) has yesterday been relieved of his duties as first team coach of Spanish club Valencia with immediate effect. Despite winning the Spanish cup last week, the performances in the Spanish league made the position of Koeman impossible. With five games to play, Valencia is positioned only two points above the relegation zone.

In a brief statement, Koeman said that he left proud to have won the Copa but with an illusion less. The Dutchman joined Valencia in October of last year, arriving form Dutch champion PSV Eindhoven and replacing Quique Sánchez Flores.

Ronald Koeman played six seasons for Barcelona, arriving in 1989 from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and leaving in the summer of 1995 for Dutch club Feyenoord Rotterdam. With Barcelona, Koeman won four consecutive Spanish league titles from 1991 to 1994, a Spanish cup in 1990, three Spanish Super Cups in 1991, 1992 and 1994, one European Super Cup in 1992 and one Champions Leauge in 1992, when he became a Barcelona legend scoring the winning free kick goal that gave Barcelona it's first European Champions Cup.

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