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Koeman To Be Named Barcelona Manager

Courtesy Diez

After seen arriving in Spain, former Barcelona player Ronald Koeman has been strongly tipped to be the new coach of Barcelona.

The 57-year-old Netherlands manager, whose contract with the Dutch FA runs until the 2022 World Cup, said he would like the job but that nothing has been finalized yet.

The former Dutch international, who featured for the Catalans between 1989 and 1995, won four league titles and the European Cup with them during his time there.

There has been a reshuffle in administration at Barcelona in the wake of a abysmal end to the 2019/2020 season.

The Catalan giants were knocked out of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals by Athletic Bilbao and also surrendered their lead at the top of the table, eventually losing the title to eternal rivals Real Madrid. The season was ended with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to German champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Barcelona have since relieved head coach Quique Setien and sporting director Eric Abidal of their duties in the wake of the disastrous campaign.

A statement released by the club read: “The club would publicly like to thank Eric Abidal for his professionalism, commitment, dedication and the close and positive nature of his relationship with all aspects of the Blaugrana family.”

Reports indicate Koeman will be given a two-year deal and would have said yes to a one-year deal as he has been trying to be Barcelona manager for a long while.

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