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Barcelona appoint Ronald Koeman as head coach

Post created on August 19, 2020

Ronald Koeman has been appointed Barcelona head coach on a two-year deal.

The 57-year-old Dutchman replaces Quique Setien, who was sacked following Barca’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and he will be presented to the media on Wednesday.

He won four La Liga titles and scored the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final during his playing days at the Nou Camp, and was the preferred candidate of Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

After being confirmed as Barcelona’s fourth boss in the last three years, Koeman told the Dutch FA’s website: “Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club. It feels very special to me to be able to become a coach there.

“It was an honour to be the national coach of the Netherlands. Over the past two-and-a-half years, I have done everything I can to achieve success.

Setien was only appointed in January but left after overseeing Barca’s first season without a trophy since 2007/08.

Sporting director Eric Abidal – also a former Barcelona player – followed Setien through the exit door after leaving his role as sporting director on Tuesday. He has been replaced by his understudy, Ramon Planes.

Other contenders to replace Setien included Mauricio Pochettino, who was the preferred candidate of Planes. However, there was understood to be resistance towards the former Tottenham manager because of his links with Barca’s city rivals, Espanyol, where he was both a player and a manager.

Other board members were keen on Xavi, who is currently in charge of Al Sadd in Qatar.

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