Barcelona Announces Ronald Koeman As New Manager
Ronald Koeman is set to be Barcelona’s new manager after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed on Tuesday.
Former Barca star Koeman, who has been in charge of the Netherlands since 2018, will replace Quique Setien, who was sacked after Barca were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals on Friday.
Speaking on Tuesday night, Bartomeu said: “Koeman is the one we’ve chosen. If nothing goes wrong he will be the head coach next season.
“If everything goes OK, Koeman will be the coach we announce and will guide this team and the players with a different project.
“It’s someone the supporters know well, not just as a player but also as a coach.”
Former Netherlands and Barca defender Koeman flew to Barcelona on Tuesday to finalise a deal with the club. According to reports Koeman and his agent were negotiating a two-year contract late on Monday, with the second year dependent on the outcome of the presidential elections.
Koeman, who played for the Catalan giants between 1989 and 1995 and helped them to four league titles and the European Cup, has a contract with the Dutch FA which runs until the 2022 World Cup.
Setien was fired on Monday after the embarrassment against Bayern which meant Barca finish the season trophy-less for the first time since 2007.
Earlier on Tuesday sporting director Eric Abidal was axed, paying the price for the Bayern trouncing and internal conflict that took place during a league season that saw them surrender the La Liga title to Real Madrid.