Albert Roca has split from Hyderabad FC to join Ronald Koeman in Barcelona.
FC Barcelona have confirmed that they have appointed Hyderabad FC head coach Albert Roca to work with Ronald Koeman as the Spanish club is undergoing a major management overhaul.
Roca will move to Barcelona as a fitness trainer.
Barcelona used their official social media platforms to confirm the development. "Albert Roca will be the new fitness trainer to work alongside @ronaldkoeman," the club wrote.
"Barca would like to thank @hydofficial for enabling Roca, who was at Barca during the Frank Rijkaard era, to return and wish them every success in the next @indsuperleague."
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Barça thanks @HydFCOfficial for allowing Roca, who was with Barça during the Frank Rijkaard era, to return and wishes them every success in the next @IndSuperLeague. pic.twitter.com/mzxy9y5EBX
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 29, 2020
Roca was Barcelona assistant coach from 2003 to 2008.
In a statement from the club, Hyderabad FC wrote: "Hyderabad Football Club and Albert Roca have decided to part ways after agreeing to mutually terminate their two-year contract.
"The 57-year-old Spaniard, who officially took over command of the Indian Super League in June, applied to be relieved of his duties after Spanish giant FC Barcelona offered to join the first team under new leadership .
"After lengthy deliberations, Hyderabad FC decided to allow Catalonia-born Albert Roca to join the club where he was part of the first team from 2003 to 2008. Roca will join the newly appointed boss Ronald Koeman at." FC Barcelona, which has won five UEFA Champions League trophies in addition to 26 Spanish championship titles. "
Hyderabad FC complies with Albert Roca's request to join the La Liga giants @FCBarcelona first team.
Full club statement: https://t.co/JnvUSuV1Qh#HyderabadFC #ThankYouAlbert 🟡⚫️ @RocaDT_Oficial pic.twitter.com/pwLynYZwtu
– Hyderabad FC (@HydFCOfficial) August 29, 2020
Barcelona are experiencing difficult times after a trophyless 2019/20 season. The team suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after coach Quique Setien was sacked.
Following the appointment of Ronald Koeman as their new coach, Barcelona suffered another major setback when Lionel Messi officially announced to the club that he wanted to leave. The Premier League club Manchester City are among the front runners for their signature.
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