Arsene Wenger offers to take Netherlands job - Koeman set for Barca
Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger at U Arena Stadium, Nanterre, France – June 12, 2018. [REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes]

Arsene Wenger has reportedly offered his services to the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as manager.

The Frenchman has been working for FIFA as head of global football development since his time as Arsenal boss ended in May 2018.

But Wenger has been teasing a return to the dugout since leaving The Gunners, and could now be set to try his hand at international level.

The domino effect began when Barcelona sacked Quique Setien on Monday just days after their dismal 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Koeman is now expected to take over the reins at the Nou Camp, turning his back on the Netherlands national team in the process.

Arsene Wenger offers to take Netherlands job - Koeman set for Barca
Everton’s manager Ronald Koeman smiles prior a Group E Europa League soccer match between Everton F.C. and Olympique Lyon at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Thursday Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

The former Southampton and Everton boss successfully led Netherlands to next summers European Championships, as well as victory in the UEFA Nations League, but the lure of taking charge of the Spanish giants seems to have proved too attractive too turn down.

Koeman spent six years with Barcelona as a player and has previously made no secret of his desire to step into the hot seat.

Now Fox Sports presenter Jan Joost van Gangelen reports that Wenger has immediately put himself forward as a candidate to succeed Koeman as Netherlands’ boss.

Arsene Wenger offers to take Netherlands job - Koeman set for Barca
Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger awaits kick off in the UEFA Europa League first leg semi-final football match between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 26, 2018. [AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS]

If accepted Wenger would be in charge for their Euro 2021 campaign instead of Koeman, where they could come up against his native France or even England.

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.”

A role in international football could therefore suit him down to the ground, as he would not have to cope with the constant day-to-day rigours of being with his players.

Wenger’s experience would be an asset to any side, particularly given he would be working from a select pool of players without having to deal with the recruitment side which arguably contributed to his downfall at Arsenal.

Adding of a potential return, he said further: “It will be in conditions that I consider optimal. Otherwise, I will not do it.”

 

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