Ronald Koeman: Barcelona appoint 57-year-old Dutchman as new manager

Spanish side Barcelona have announced the hiring of 57-year-old Dutchman Ronald Koeman as their new manager taking over from Setien who was recently sacked.

Quique Setien was shown the exit doors at the Camp Nou after the club suffered an embarrassing defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinal.

Barcelona’s defeat against Bayern Munich remains the side’s heaviest defeat ever in history which made the club’s chiefs to sack Quique Setien.

And since Setien was asked to leave the Nou Camp, the Catalans were linked with many managers like Thierry Henry and Mauricio Pochettino who was in charge of Tottenham.

Since the Argentine was fired at Spurs, he has been looking for another topflight side to coach with reports that some Chinese clubs are interested in him.

Ronald Koeman who began his coaching career at Barcelona before he left in 1999 has now made a return to the Camp Nou as manager who will be coaching the likes of Lionel Messi and Suarez.

Barcelona stated clearly that Koeman is expected to help the side win titles considering his managerial experiences for years.

“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,” Barcelona explained in official statement.

Earlier, had reported how Barcelona are reportedly planning to offload most of their players after their disappointing Champions League ouster over the weekend.

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The Catalans were hammered 8-2 by German League champions Bayern Munich at the Estadio da Luz.

Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Muller both scored two goals each, while Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski all scored one in the game.

The defeat gave credence to the fact that most of Barca’s players have passed their peak with central defender Gerard Pique opting to leave if necessary.

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