FC Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have reached an agreement for the Dutchman to take over as first team coach until 30 June 2022.
The 57-year-old Dutchman replaces Quique Setien, who was sacked following Barca’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and he will be presented to the media at 5pm (UK time) on Wednesday.
Koeman, who spent six years as a player at Barcelona and was a member of Johan Cruyff’s legendary ‘Dream Team’, has taken on the job after he left his role as manager of the Netherlands, which he had held since 2018.
He won four La Liga titles and scored the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final during his playing days at the Nou Camp, and was the preferred candidate of Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
After being confirmed as Barcelona’s fourth boss in the last three years, Koeman told the Dutch FA’s website: “Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club. 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.
Koeman began his coaching career at FC Barcelona as first team assistant coach and then as coach of Barça B in the 1998-99 season.