Barcelona have confirmed the appointment of former Netherlands and Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman as it’s new manager.
This is coming as the Spanish giants look to rebuild after their 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich that knocked them out of the Champions League.
Koeman has left his post in charge of the Netherlands national team to takeover the Camp Nou hot seat. His contract will last till 2022.
Barca on Wednesday August 19, released an official statement on their website confirming the news, which reads:
“FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have reached an agreement for the Dutchman to 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.”
Koeman, who will be officially presented at the Camp Nou stadium later on Wednesday, is dearly loved at Barcelona for his role in Johan Cruyff’s hugely successful side known as the “Dream Team” and for scoring the goal that delivered the club’s first-ever European Cup in 1992.
The defender later became the club’s assistant coach before embarking on a career as a head coach, managing Dutch sides Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord plus Premier League sides Southampton and Everton and La Liga’s Valencia.
Koeman reacting on Wednesday to his appointment said;
“It was an honor to be the national coach of the Netherlands,” said 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.”