Dutch manager hints of taking Barcelona job after Euro 2020


Ronald Koeman
HAMBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Ronald Koeman of Holland speaks during a press conference prior to a Germany against Netherlands - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier match at Volksparkstadion on September 05, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Ronald Koeman spent six years as a player at the Camp Nou and helped the La Liga giants win four La Liga titles and one European Cup.

Netherlands national team head coach has hinted of a possible scenario that could see him managing FC Barcelona after UEFA Euro 2020.

His admission of a possible move to the Catalan giants has come after the sporting director of the Dutch football federation, Nico-Jan Hoogma, revealed in an interview that the Dutch manager has a clause in his contract that would allow teams to hire his services after next summer’s European Championships.

The 56-year-old was part of the Barcelona squad during a six-year spell between 1989 and 1995 when legendary Dutch manager Johan Cruyff was overseeing a footballing revolution at the Camp Nou. Together, the duo helped the Catalan side win four La Liga titles, among other major trophies.

Koeman’s return to Barcelona would be welcomed by the Camp Nou crowd which has grown weary of the way their team plays under manager Ernesto Valverde. The Barcelona faithful accuse the former Valencia manager of taking the team backward from the level achieved under Pep Guardiola and want to see a change of faces in the dug-out.

Koeman: Barcelona move a possibility

Koeman draws blacklist at Barca
The Dutch manager is ready to undertake another operation clean up at the club. (Image Copyright: imago images / Pro Shots)
The former defender is currently managing the Netherlands side sitting top of Group C in the qualifying phase for the UEFA Euro 2020.

“[Joining Barcelona] is a possibility, but only after Euro 2020,’’ said Koeman when asked about his future managerial plans.

 “I don’t know if I’ll keep (talking about the Barcelona role) in the future because it’s a bit strange to speak about the possibility of going to the club while you’re the Netherlands coach.”

This isn’t the first time that either Koeman or those close to him have stated that a Barcelona move is a possibility for the 56-year-old.

However, with pressure growing on Ernesto Valverde, this statement of the Dutch manager will give credence to rumors that he might return to the Camp Nou more than 20 years after leaving as a defender.

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Before his appointment as Holland national team head coach last year, Koeman had already proved his credentials while successfully managing the likes of Ajax, Valencia, and Southampton.

His previous stints at club level indicate that the Dutch manager has a tendency to develop youth players, as he was responsible for the emergence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wesley Sneijder at Ajax, while also giving debus to Nigel de Jong, Maarten Stekelenburg, and John Heitinga

While he had already proven his potential as a top European manager, it was in the Premier League where Koeman managed Southampton to a record-high league finish that the 56-year-old showcased his potential to manage bigger clubs across the continent.

Koeman’s arrival at the St. Mary’s stadium was preceded by the mass exodus of senior players like Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, and Rickie Lambert. He didn’t use this as an excuse and led the club to scale new heights in England’s top division.

Additionally, as proved by his signings of Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Fraser Foster, Koeman has a keen eye when it comes to detecting potential in players at the early stages of their careers. Consequently, if given the job at the Camp Nou, the Dutch manager is expected to lead the club in the right direction.

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