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Former Barcelona boss to be named as Holland’s new manager

Former Barcelona boss to be named as Holland's new manager

Former Barcelona boss to be named as Holland’s new manager

Former manager Ronald Koeman has been linked with a return to managing after being fired by Barcelona in October 2021.

Koeman was fired after Barcelona‘s worst start to a season since the 1987-88 season, although he could return to the international scene.

The 59-year-old is rumored to be in talks to succeed Louis van Gaal as manager of the Netherlands once he steps down after the World Cup.

While presenting a new documentary about his life on a Dutch television show, Van Gaal admitted he was dealing with a “aggressive” form of prostate cancer and had previously undergone 25 treatments.

However, the 70-year-old has declared that before stepping down as national coach, he will lead the Netherlands during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

As a result, Koeman will officially take command of the Netherlands on 1st January, 2023, according to De Telegraaf.

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‘I’ve now been national coach four times, and in every term, I went to the hospital in the evening or at night,’ Van Gaal said of his decision to leave the Netherlands role, which he did without the players’ agreement.

‘When people see my scarlet cheeks, they still remark, ‘What a healthy pear that is.’ I’m not one of them, of course.

‘I don’t believe you should say things like that to the people you work with because it could influence their decisions, decisiveness, or whatever.’ I reasoned, ‘They shouldn’t know.’

Meanwhile, Koeman was fired by Barcelona after the club’s worst start to a season since 1987-88.

The Catalans were in ninth place when Koeman was fired, almost as near to the relegation zone as they were to the top of the table.
Koeman was fired on his way back from a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano, a result that made history for all the wrong reasons.

Barcelona had not lost to the tiny Madrid-based team in 19 years before Van Gaal took control.

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The 1-0 result may have been different if Memphis Depay had not missed a penalty and Sergino Dest had not blazed over from five yards out.
But it had been the story of Barcelona’s season up to that point. They had only scored one goal while away from home and were failed to win a game.

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