Ex-Arsenal boss ‘Arsene Wenger makes approach to Dutch FA over taking charge of Holland to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman’ as he eyes route back into management
- Arsene Wenger has been working as FIFA’s head of global football development
- That has been his role since his 22-year stay at Arsenal came to an end in 2018
- Holland boss Ronald Koeman is expected to move to former club Barcelona
- Barcelona fired Quique Setien following their Champions League humiliation
Arsene Wenger has approached the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) to succeed Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as manager, according to reports in the Holland.
Wenger admitted earlier this month that he would not rule out a return to management more than two years after leaving the Gunners.
Reports claim Arsene Wenger has approached the Dutch FA to succeed Ronald Koeman
Wenger is FIFA’s head of global football development after leaving Arsenal in May 2018
And Fox Sports presenter Jan Joost van Gangelen is reporting that Wenger has immediately put himself forward as a candidate to succeed Koeman as Holland boss.
The 57-year-old Dutchman is expected to take over the reins at former club Barcelona after they sacked Quique Setien on Monday following their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.
The former Everton and Southampton boss successfully led his country to next summer’s European Championships, as well as victory in the UEFA Nations League.
But Fox Sports claim that he has offered his services to the Dutch FA to replace Koeman
The current Holland boss is expected to join former club Barcelona in the coming days
But he now appears set to turn his back on them, with the lure of managing the Catalan giants being too appealing a proposition to reject.
However, the domino effect appears to have put Wenger – who won three Premier League title and seven FA Cups at Arsenal – back in the managerial window.
If his proposal is accepted by the Dutch FA, Wenger would take charge of their Euro 2021 campaign instead of Koeman, where his new side could come up against his native France or even England.
The Catalan giants sacked Quique Setien on Monday after their Champions League humiliation
Speaking about the possibility of returning to management just this month, Wenger, 70, told Europe 1: ‘Every day I want to train, I’ve been doing this all my life.
‘I’m 70 years old, I gave a lot. Should I play Russian roulette a bit, even when it comes to my health? I can’t do things by halves, so I ask myself this question.
‘It will be in conditions that I consider optimal. Otherwise, I will not do it.’
Reports in France earlier in the week even claimed Wenger had turned down an…