Barcelona has reportedly appointed Ronald Koeman as a new manager few days after the Catalona side was thrashed by Bayern Munich 8-2 in the UEFA Champions League.
Ronald Koeman will replace Quique Setien who has already been sacked, in Barcelona according to sports journalist and reporter Fabrizio Romano tweeted.
Ronald Koeman, who was spotted at the local airport in Barcelona over the weekend, still needs to work out his exit as the manager of the Netherlands national team.
Barca president Josep Bartomeu and the club’s directors recently arrived at the club facility on Monday to discuss future plans for next season. Among the potential discussions is the future of Lionel Messi, who reportedly wants out of the club this summer, though his contract does not expire until 2021.
Bartomeu said following the loss: “There are some decisions that we had already made, and others that we will make over the next few days. Announcements will be made from next week, we need to make decisions after things have calmed down. Today is a day for reflection. Tomorrow we will try to raise our fans’ spirits following such a heavy defeat.”
Koeman played for the Catalan giants from 1989-95 and has been a manager for nearly two decades. He has had stints at Southampton and Everton in the English Premier League, Valencia in La Liga, and Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord in the Netherlands.
There had been rumours that former Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino held talks with Barcelona Chiefs. With the appointment of Ronald Koeman, we won’t be seeing Pochettino’s return to coaching anytime soon.