At the beginning of next year, the veteran Everton and Barcelona manager will be back in front of his homeland. Considering Louis van Gaal’s cancer diagnosis, Ronald Koeman will come back to the post of Netherlands’ new manager after the 2022 World Cup, as per the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB).
Before moving to seek the main post at Barcelona, Koeman was the manager of the Netherlands from 2018 to 2020. Koeman, who was dropped by Barcelona in October 2021 after orchestrating the club’s poorest start to a campaign since the 1987-88 season, will come back to international supervision on January 1, 2023. The 59-year-old has been out of a job since being retrenched by the Blaugrana in October but will come back to the international hem in 2023. He has also had bouts in the Premier League with Southampton and Everton.
Given the discovery that Van Gaal is suffering from prostate cancer, Holland has moved speedily to find a suitable replacement.
The 70-year-old has undergone radiation treatment and has sworn to lead his nation to the World Cup in Qatar, albeit his condition not being terminal. Nevertheless, the 70-year-old manager announced that he will lead the Netherlands to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar until resigning as national coach. Since then, the KNVB has announced that Koeman, who left to manager Barcelona in 2020, will take over as coach of the Netherlands on January 1, 2023. Koeman’s contract with the Dutch will last until the 2024 European Championship and the 2026 World Cup.
Welcome back, @RonaldKoeman! 🧡
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Van Gaal, on the contrary side, would oversee the Dutch to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar before resigning as national coach.