Well, it’s the manager news we were all waiting for. In spite of all the names being bandied about to replace the hapless Quique Setien, Ronald Koeman gets the top job. After their disastrous and humiliating 8 – 2 defeat to Bayern Munich in UEFA Champions League, there was no where for the former manager to hide. With both Setien and sporting director Eric Abidal shown the door. The club wants to mark the end of a downward spiral. Hopefully Koeman can turn things around.
The Dutchman is leaving his job as head coach of the Netherlands national team. Apparently his new contract with the Catalan side will run until 2022.
Barcelona’s official statement: “FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have reached an agreement. The Dutchman will take over as first-team coach until 30 June 2022. The Blaugrana legend, hero of Wembley, the man who handed Barca their first-ever victory in the European Cup returns to Camp Nou. This time, however, he will do so as coach as the Dutchman brings more than 20 years of experience as a manager and eight trophies on his CV. 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.”
For Koeman, it’s a dream come true. He always said that the opportunity to coach his dream club would be the peak of his career.
“It was an honor to be the national coach of the Netherlands,” said the 57-year-old. “For the past two-and-a-half years I have done everything I can to achieve successes with Oranje. 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. Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club. It feels very special to me to be able to become a coach there.”
Here’s Hope For the Fans
For the fans at Camp Nou, Koeman is regarded as the stuff of legend. He played for the club back between 1989 to 1995. And winning four league titles along with a European Cup, in which he hammered home the winning goal against Sampdoria. Koeman hasn’t actually managed a club since his days at Everton in 2018. There’s certainly a huge weight of expectation resting on his shoulders. Let’s hope he can pull it off.