Barcelona have confirmed Ronald Koeman as their new manager on a-two-year deal.
The 57-year-old Dutchman arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday afternoon and signed a deal with the Catalans that would see him leave his position as the head coach of the Dutch national team.
This news comes shortly after Barcelona dismissed Quique Setien on Monday following their 8-2 humiliating defeat in the Champions League to Bayern Munich on Friday.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 19, 2020
Barcelona announced on their official twitter handle the arrival of former player and new manager Ronald Koeman
Koeman will officially be outdoored during a press conference at 5pm (UK time) on Wednesday after signing a contract until 2022.
On their official website, Barcelona issued a statement after the dismissal of Quique Setien that reads: ‘The Board of Directors have agreed that Quique Setién is no longer the first team coach. This is the first decision within a wider restructuring of the first team which will be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, who will be announced in the coming days.’
Barcelona technical director Eric Abidal was also dismissed on Tuesday afternoon as the club took a u-turn decision with Josep Bartomeu also on the hot seat after the club’s defeat to Bayern which is the considered the worst in the club’s 120 years history.
‘Barcelona and Eric Abidal have reached an agreement for the ending of the contract that united the two parties,’ the club announced in a short statement on their club website.
‘The club would publicly like to thank Eric Abidal for his professionalism, commitment, dedication and the close and positive nature of his relationship with all aspects of the blaugrana family.’
Bartomeu speaking about Koeman and Messi’s future said the Dutchman has insisted Lionel Messi will be a key instrument in his team and his new project ahead.
‘Koeman will be the new manager and he told me that Messi is a key player for our new project,’ Bartomeu said.
‘He has a contract until 2021, I speak a lot with Leo and more regularly with his father.
‘He is number one in the world. There is no doubt that in Koeman’s new project you can count on Messi.’
He added that Koeman said Messi will be the ‘keystone’ of the new team, but some of the older players will get an ‘honorable goodbye’.