Ronald Koeman has described Barcelona as his “dream club” after being appointed their new head coach on a two-year deal.
Koeman spent six years at the Camp Nou as a player and scored Barcelona’s winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final. He will leave his job in charge of the Netherlands national team to replace Quique Setién at Camp Nou following his sacking on Friday and claims the chance to do so was impossible to turn down.
“Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club,” Koeman told the Dutch Football Association’s website. “It feels very special to me to be able to become a coach there.
“It was an honour to be the national coach of the Netherlands. Over the past two and a half years, I have done everything I can to achieve success. 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.”
Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, had confirmed the club’s intention to appoint Koeman, who was sacked as Everton manager in October 2017, on Tuesday, shortly after he had arrived in the city. He will be the third man to manage Barcelona this year with Setién having replaced Ernesto Valverde in January.
“FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have reached an agreement for the Dutchman to take over as first-team coach until 30 June 2022,” read a club statement.