Managing at Camp Nou is a “dream come true” for the former Barca star”. The dismissal of Quique Setien in Catalonia means that a prominent coaching position needs to be filled again.
An offer from Barcelona puts the KNVB in an ‘ugly’ position
Ronald Koeman admits that the sudden management opening at Barcelona puts the Dutch FA in an “ugly” position as he prepares to cut ties with the Netherlands. Managing at Camp Nou is a “dream come true” for the former Barca star”. The dismissal of Quique Setien in Catalonia means that a prominent coaching position needs to be filled again. Koeman was considered one of the front-runners to take the job when Barça decided to part ways with Ernesto Valverde in January. He admitted to having an exit point with the KNVB that would have allowed him to enter the Liga heavyweights, but at that stage, his focus was locked on the pursuit of Euro 2020 glory. With this event, pushed back 12 months by the coronavirus pandemic, Koeman was denied the opportunity to head his country in a major international tournament.
Barca first have to confirm that there is an agreement
The 57-year-old also seen the Barcelona option played out once again, with a man who spent six memorable years with Cules as a player, conceding an opportunity too good to pass up. Koeman told reporters as a contract at Camp Nou is thrashed out: “I didn’t expect things to go so quickly, and this is not the best moment. It is ugly for the Dutch FA, but not unexpected”. Barça has yet to confirm that there is an agreement with Koeman. Until everything is signed, the former boss of Ajax and Everton is reluctant to speculate that the future may keep him back in his familiar environment.
Koeman added: “You never know what will happen. I can’t say anything at this moment. I would like it to lead Barcelona, but this is not the moment. There is no clarity yet. But yes, I would be open to that. Nothing is done until everything is signed. Nothing can be sure until there is a full agreement. If that happened, it would be a dream come true”. Koeman has been leading the Dutch national side since February 2018, observing behind 11 wins from 20 appearances at the helm and delivering a runner-up finish in the 2019 UEFA Nations League.