Barcelona have announced that Ronald Koeman will be taking charge of the Catalonia’s for next season. The announcement comes 2 days after the sacking of former manager Quique Setien.
Koeman, the former Southampton and Everton manager, used to play for the Spanish giants between 1989 to 1995 and played 192 times and scored 67 times. He also lifted 4 league titles and a European title in his time with the club.
Signing a two year contract, he left his duties as Netherlands manager after qualifying for the Euros that will be played at the end of this season.
The club also announced Ramon Planes as the new technical director. He was the assistant to Eric Abidal, who left his role as sporting director on Tuesday.
Koeman had his first taste of coaching when he was assistant to national team coach Guus Hiddink during the 1998 World Cup, before becoming Louis van Gaal’s right-hand man at the Nou Camp from 1998 to 2000.
He eventually went on to have success as a manager back in his homeland, winning league titles with Ajax and PSV. A brief stint at Valencia in 2007 brought Copa del Rey success, but he was sacked after the side finished only two points above the relegation zone in La Liga.
After spells at AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord, Koeman was appointed by Southampton in 2014 where he was a huge success, guiding the Premier League club to seventh- and sixth-place finishes, which resulted in qualification for the Europa League group stage.
Afterwards he would sign for Everton in 2017 but would leave after just 16 months in charge with the club being in the relegation places due to terrible start to the season.
Koeman would then take charge of the Netherlands squad that had just failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, taking them to the finals of the Nations League and qualifying for the Euros.