Barcelona have confirmed the appointment of Dutch manager Ronald Koeman as the new coach of the club following their abysmal defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
He has been appointed on a 2-year contractual deal which will come to an end in 2022 subjective to a renewal based on performance.
Barcelona have released an official statement on their website confirming the news, which reads: “FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have reached an agreement for the Dutchman to take over as the first-team coach until 30 June 2022.
“The Blaugrana legend, a hero of Wembley, the man who handed Barca their first-ever victory in the European Cup returns to Camp Nou.
“This time, however, he will do so as a coach as the Dutchman brings more than 20 years of experience as a manager and eight trophies on his CV.
“Ronald Koeman comes to FC Barcelona after coaching in the Premier League, La Liga, the Dutch league, the Portuguese league and also on the international stage with the Netherlands.”
Koeman spoke out on his new role while sending a final farewell message to Netherlands supporters following the KNVB’s announcement of his departure on Wednesday.
“It was an honour to be the national coach of the Netherlands,” said the 57-year-old. “For the past two-and-a-half years I have done everything I can to achieve successes with Oranje.
“I look back with pride on what we have achieved together in that period. The Dutch national team has a bright future, I am convinced of that.
“Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club. It feels very special to me to be able to become a coach there.”