Spanish giants, FC Barcelona have announced that they have replaced their coach, Quique Setien after the humiliating 8:2 Champions League defeat they suffered in the hands of German champions, Bayern Munich
The Blaugrana have appointed Dutchman, Ronald Koeman as their new permanent manager on a two years managerial contract.
Prior to his new job, Koeman was in charge of the Netherlands national team and is now set to replace Quique Setien who was fired immediately after their abysmal defeat less than a week ago in the Camp Nou dug out.
In an official statement released on their website to confirm the news, the statement read: “FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have reached an agreement for the Dutchman to take over as first-team coach until 30 June 2022”
Koeman’s previous coaching jobs includes
2 Eredivisie titles with Ajax (2001–02 and 2003–04)
1 Eredivisie with PSV (2006–07).
He still remains the only one to have previously played for and managed Dutch big three clubs; Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV.
He had coaching spell at Southampton, Benfica, Valencia where he won the 2007–08 Copa del Rey with them.
He also managed English Premiership side, Southampton and Everton in the 2010s before his last job as the manager of the Netherlands senior team.
As he resumes his appointment as head coach of the Blaugrana, he is expected to make some decisive changes to the overall team.
He needs to keep his star man, Lionel Messi happy so he can stay put at Barca and also to make a decision on Philippe Coutinho, if he will still need the services of the wantaway player, who is in his final days on loan at Bayern but score the two last goals against Barca in their humiliating defeat against Bayern.
He will also be faced with the task of making decisions about the aging squad, he is set to inherit and how best he can lure his targets to Camp Nou as well as integrate young players of the academy into Barca senior team.
“We Have No Plans To Sign Lionel Messi” — Man City
English Premier League side, Manchester City football club have debunked claims that they are making any offer to Lionel Messi, even as the Barcelona forward’s contract will expire at the end of the season.
Messi even though he’s still a Barcelona’s player, has the right to speak to top European clubs and has been heavily linked with several clubs like Manchester City and French Ligue 1 giants, Paris Saint-Germain.
This week, reports surfaced that City made a revised transfer offer for the Argentine superstar, but the club has come out to deny the reports.
Wealthy City are one of the very few clubs that could afford his salary structure and it was also gathered that a deal could also see Messi play for other sides in the City Football Group – including New York City FC.
We haven’t made any offer for Messi. Either now or last summer and there are no plans to make any” a club official told Goal.com.
Messi will be 34 in June, and will have to wait the season ends to decide his future as whether to extend his Barca’s contract, where he has spent all his entire professional footballing career.