Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Ronald Koeman will be named the club’s next head coach.
Ronald Koeman will be brought in to replace Quique Setien after the Spanish boss was dismissed in the aftermath of Barca’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Setien’s tenure also coincided with a trophy-less campaign for Barca, with the club falling short in the Copa del Rey while also conceding the Liga title to rivals Real Madrid.
Following Setien’s dismissal, Ronald Koeman will now join Barca after spending the past two years as the manager of the Dutch national team.
The former defender had previously played for the club from 1986-1995, winning four La Liga titles as well as the 1991-92 European Cup as part of a 10-trophy haul during his playing career with the Catalans.
“If everything goes well Koeman will be the Barcelona coach,” Bartomeu told Barca TV.
“We bet on Koeman because of his experience. He was in the Dream Team, he believes in our philosophy.”
In addition to his time as a player at Barca, Koeman also served as an assistant for the club from 1998-2000 before taking over at Dutch side Vitesse.
Koeman is a Dutch retired footballer who has been the manager of the Netherlands national team since 2018. He is the younger brother of his former international teammate Erwin Koeman and the son of former Dutch international Martin Koeman. Koeman was capable of playing both as a defender and as a midfielder; he frequently played as a sweeper, although he was equally known for his goalscoring, long-range shooting, and accuracy from free-kicks and penalties.
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