Uncertain future for Celtic icon Henrik Larsson after Koeman leaves Barcelona

By Euan Davidson

October 28, 2021

Ronald Koeman has been sacked by Barcelona, leaving an uncertain coaching future for Celtic legend Henrik Larsson.

Larsson joined his former club, where he won a Champions League, when Koeman took up residency in Barca’s dugout. However, results have been poor under the Dutch legend, who was dismissed last night after a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano.

The Barcelona board said [Guardian]:

“FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first-team coach. The president of the club, Joan Laporta, informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano.

“Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva. FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the club and wishes him all the best in his professional career.”

Larsson led the Blaugrana three weeks ago during a touchline ban for Koeman. He was in the dugout as Barcelona lost 2-0 away to Atlético Madrid. While nothing has yet been said about Larsson’s immediate future in Catalonia, the signs aren’t exactly promising.

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Recently 50, Larsson has managed Landskrona, Falkenberg and Helsingborg in Sweden. The lure of Barcelona was impossible to resist for the goalscoring legend, but it’s turned sour at the Nou Camp.

Larsson obviously has some pull, as a Champions League winner with the club. But Koeman was part of Johan Cryuff’s dream team [BBC]. Sentimentality, it appears, isn’t enough to keep a job. At Barcelona, anyway.

Will Celtic be watching Henrik Larsson situation with interest after Koeman departs Barcelona?

It’s possible that this could lead to some excitement amongst Celtic fans. There’s probably room for another coach at the club. Putting two and two together to get the Magnificent Seven is as fun as it is anything else.

But what’s not clear yet is whether Larsson will stay where he is. Having uprooted his life to move to Catalonia for Ronald Koeman, it’d surely be hard to up sticks again. That is, indeed, if he’s not kept on by the Barcelona board.

It wouldn’t be a massive surprise if he too, was a casualty of Koeman’s results, though. That said, Xavi Hernandez, a former team-mate of Larsson’s, is favourite to take the job.

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The Barcelona midfield maestro might see the value in holding onto Larsson.

There’s a lot of hypotheticals here.

But we know one thing for certain; there’s a soft landing spot for the King of Kings should he need it.

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