Ronald Koeman appointed as new Barcelona manager

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Barcelona have officially appointed Ronald Koeman as their new manager.

Former manager Quique Setien was sacked following their humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final.

Setien wasn't the only person shown the door as sporting director, Eric Abidal, also left.

In a short statement on the club's official website, Barcelona broke the news.

"FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have reached an agreement for the Dutchman to take over as first team coach until 30 June 2022.

"The presentation and subsequent press conference for the new Barça coach will take place today from 6.00pm CEST at the Auditori 1899."

On Tuesday, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted that the Dutchman was close to being appointed.

"Koeman is the one we've chosen. If nothing goes wrong he will be the head coach next season," he said.

I'd like to, but it'll only be confirmed once I've signed the deal.

"Until then, I cannot say any more about it - even though I'd like to."

But now, the contract has been signed and Koeman is officially Barca's next manager.

Incidentally, Koeman was actually approached by the club back in January following their decision to sack Ernesto Valverde.

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However, he decided to stay with the Netherlands national team.

“Yes, it’s true that Barca spoke to me but I said no because I’m with the [Netherlands] national team and I have a commitment to stay in this role,” he said at the time.

You can say no to Barcelona once but it seems it's impossible to say no twice...

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