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Ronald Koeman set to be appointed as new Barcelona head coach

Ronald Koeman has been plying his trade as a manager for 20 years and he has managed clubs like Ajax, PSV, Valencia, Everton, Southampton, and Benfica.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 19, 2020 3:40:27 pm
ronald koeman, barcelonaRonald Koeman has won four La Liga titles for Barcelona as a player. (Source: Reuters)

Ronald Koeman, the current Netherlands head coach, is set to be appointed as the new Barcelona head coach next week, replacing the sacked Quique Setien at the helm of the club.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed on Tuesday night that the former Barcelona defender will be named the club’s next head coach.

“If there is no change then we will announce Koeman as our next coach and he will lead this team and these players forward with a different type of project, led by a coach who all Barca fans know,” Bartomeu told Barca TV.

“We are betting on him because we know him very well, we know how he thinks and how his teams play, but also because of his experience and as he was in Johan’s ‘Dream Team’ he knows Barca and how we understand football.”

Koeman’s imminent arrival will be the third phase of a restructuring of the club which began with Quique Setien’s sacking on Monday and continued on Tuesday as sporting director Eric Abidal agreed to terminate his contract.

The 57-year-old arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday after spending the morning at the Netherlands’ headquarters to negotiate being released from his contract with the national team, who he has coached since 2018 and led to qualify for Euro 2020.

During his playing career, Koeman won four La Liga titles in a row at Barcelona and scored the winning goal in the 1991/92 European Cup final securing the club’s first-ever trophy in the competition.

The Dutchman played 350 matches at Camp Nou as a defender from 1989 to 1995 and was a member of Johan Cruyff’s famous “Dream Team”.

Koeman has been plying his trade as a manager for 20 years and he has managed clubs like Ajax, PSV, Valencia, Everton, Southampton, and Benfica.

Barcelona finished the 2019/20 La Liga campaign on second-place, five points behind champions Real Madrid. The prestigious Catalan club lost to Athletic Bilbao at the quarter-final stage in the Copa del Rey too.

Then, last Friday, Setien’s days got numbered after Barcelona ended the season trophyless as they got knocked out of the UEFA Champions League courtesy of a humiliating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal stage.

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