The Spanish popular football club, Barcelona has confirmed the arrival of Dutchman Ronald Koeman as their new permanent head coach on a contract set to run until 2022.
The 57-year-old replaces Quique Setien, who was sacked following Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and is expected to be the first of many drastic changes at the club.
Koeman is not so much of a stranger to the club, as he represented Barcelona from 1989 to 1995 as a player, winning 10 trophies along the way, including four LA Liga titles and the UEFA Champions League
Barca released an official club statement on Wednesday confirming the arrival of Koeman who becomes their fourth coach in the last three years at the European giants.
“Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have come to an agreement for him to be the team’s coach until 30 June 2022,” said a Barcelona statement.
“A club legend and Barca’s hero at Wembley who gave fans their first European Cup, Koeman is coming back to the Camp Nou. But this time he will be in the dugout to lead the team. Ronald Koeman comes to FC Barcelona after coaching in the Premier League, La Liga, the Dutch league, the Portuguese league and also on the international stage with the Netherlands.”
The Dutchman has left his post in charge of the Netherlands national team to replace Quique Setien at Barcelona and has since thanked the Dutch FA and public for his time in the hot seat.
“It was an honour to be the national coach of the Netherlands. Over the past two-and-a-half years, I have done everything I can to achieve success. I look back with pride on what we have achieved together in that period. The Dutch national team has a bright future, I am convinced of that.”- Koeman told the Dutch FA.
Koeman will now face the difficult task of returning Barcelona back to the dominant side they’re known to be after their disaster season which seen them lose out on the league title to arch rivals Real Madrid while emphatically crashing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final round.
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