Ronald Koeman in pole position to succeed Setién

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The management of FC Barcelona (Spanish Liga football) would have set their sights on the Dutch technician Ronald Koeman to succeed the Spaniard Quique Setién on the bench of the “Blaugrana”, three days after the heavy defeat conceded against the Germans of Bayern Munich (8-2), in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, reported Monday jointly the two media Sky Sports and ESPN.

The Catalan club seem to have reacted quickly to find the successor of Quique Setién. According to information from Sky Sports and ESPN, the vice-champion of Spain, who did not win any title in 2019-2020, would have chosen Ronald Koeman, the coach of the Netherlands since 2018 and former defender of Barça (1989- 1995).

The 57-year-old technician would have a clause in his contract with the Dutch federation that would allow him to become FC Barcelona coach.

Competing for the post with Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino and Frenchman Laurent Blanc, Ronald Koeman is a legend of the Catalan club. In 1992, it was he who offered, in overtime, the very first Champions League to the “Blaugrana”, opposed that day to Sampdoria Genoa (1-0).

The ex-coach of Ajax Amsterdam (2001-2005) or Everton (2016-2017), remains the priority of the Barcelona management. This Monday, the Spanish daily Sport announced that Josep Bartomeu was negotiating personally with him.

If he were to settle on the bench of FC Barcelona, ​​a huge project would await Koeman. The Dutch coach should in particular manage the cases Lionel Messi, shaken by the heavy defeat in the “Final 8” and who would consider a departure, Luis Suarez, whose name is announced at Ajax Amsterdam, or Antoine Griezmann, who does not failed to win this season.