After being officially announced as Barcelona’s new manager, Ronald Koeman then said goodbye to the Dutch National Team for leaving his position as coach.
Since Quique Setien’s dismissal following the devastating defeat of Bayern Munich in the European Champions League quarter-finals last week, Ronald Koeman’s name has indeed emerged as the strongest candidate for Barcelona’s new coach.
Sure enough, on Wednesday (19/08), Barcelona officially announced the appointment of Koeman as the new coach of Messi et al.
Prior to this, the former Everton coach was still the coach of the Dutch national team. He has served as the coach of the Oranje team since last February 2018. But along with Barcelona’s recruitment, Koeman had to give up his post.
He then thanked the Dutch KNVB (PSSI) for giving him the confidence to become the national team coach.
“It is an honor to be the national coach of the Netherlands. Over the last two and a half years, I have done everything I can to achieve success with Oranje, ”
“I look back with pride at what we achieved together in that period. The Dutch national team has a bright future, I am sure of that, “he said in a statement published by the KNVB.
Barcelona itself is not a foreign club for Ronald Koeman, because when he was still actively playing, he was a pillar of pride for the Catalan club.
In fact, this former Southampton coach defended Barcelona for six years, to be precise in the period 1989 to 1995. Now, returning to Camp Nou with a capacity as a coach makes Koeman feel proud.
“Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club. It feels very special for me to be the coach there, ”said Koeman.
Meanwhile, the departure of Ronald Koeman from the seat of the Dutch national team coach saddened the KNVB. This was disclosed by the organization’s Director of Football, Eric Gudde. Even so, his party still respects the tactician’s decision.
In Barcelona itself, Ronald Koeman has agreed a two-year contract. Now he must face a tough task to be able to raise the Catalan giants from the worst times.