Ronald Koeman to take over at Barcelona
Ronald Koeman is the front runner for the Barcelona job according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. Photo: AFP

Ronald Koeman To Become Barcelona Manager

Renown journalist Fabrizio Romano announced on his Twitter account today that Ronald Koeman is on the verge of becoming Barcelona manager. Romano broke the news that Koeman would be leaving his position as Holland national team manager. He also added that Koeman will take over the hot seat at the Nou Camp. Koeman will replace Quique Setien who was fired after an 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich. The former player and coach will be tasked with trying to revitalize a Barcelona team that is in a steep decline.

Return to Barcelona

Koeman took over the Dutch National Team job in February 2018 and had a contract through 2022. It looks, however, like the chance to manage a giant like Barcelona will be too much to turn down. It will also be Koeman’s third coaching stint in Spain. He was originally an assistant at Barcelona under Louis Van Gaal from 1998 until 2000. He also spent five months at Valencia from November 2007 to April 2008. Koeman also spent six seasons at Barcelona as a player from 1989 to 1995.

The Dutch footballer of the year in 1987 and 1988 had a very successful tenure as a manager with Southampton in the English Premier League before leaving for Everton. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out at Goodison Park, with that being his last club job until now. He also won the Eredivisie with Ajax and PSV and a Copa Del Rey with Valencia five days before being fired.

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A known admirer of Johan Cruyff, Koeman will be hoping he can have the same influence as his one time mentor. He does like to play a very attack-minded style which will suit the current Barcelona team. As a defender during his playing days he will also bring some much needed experience to a weak defense. His biggest task, however, will be trying to bring the La Masia academy back up to the standards once set by his friend and mentor. The question is will he get enough time to do that?