Dutch football manager Ronald Koeman wants to replace Michael Laudrup as Swansea City’s long-term manager.
The Feyenoord coach, who last month confirmed that he will step down from his current job this summer, is reportedly keen on a move to the English Premier League and sees Welsh side Swansea as the perfect destination for his next move in football management.
According to Andrew Gwilym of the Daily Star, Swansea director John van Zweden has already confirmed that the 50-year-old Feyenoord boss has already approached the club about a possible appointment.
Following Laudrup’s dismissal in early February, Swansea have installed long-serving player Garry Monk as interim manager until the end of this season.
Koeman had been one of the leading contenders for the job until Monk’s temporary appointment was confirmed, but it appears that the former Ajax and Valencia boss hasn’t given up hopes on securing the role this summer.
Monk has, according to Wales Online's Chris Wathan, impressed the club during his spell as manager and if he can lead the club to Premier League survival then there is a strong possibility that he may be rewarded with being offered the job on a permanent basis.
Nevertheless, Koeman’s interest in the role will definitely interest the Welshmen. In addition to a highly successful playing career, the 50-year-old boasts three Eredivise crowns on his managerial CV and offers a far greater level of experience than newcomer Monk—who took charge of the Liberty Stadium helm despite having never previously managed a professional team and still being in the middle of training for his UEFA A coaching license.
Koeman announcing his departure from De Kuip this summer will bring an end to a three-year stay in Rotterdam and he is unlikely to be interested in coaching any of their Eredivisie rivals. The former Netherlands star will seek a fresh start abroad and the allure of English football would simply be too much to reject.
As a former team-mate of Laudrup, during their time at Barcelona, Koeman would undoubtedly be able to call upon the ex-Swansea boss for insight on the club whilst his position on the world football hierarchy will also mean that he isn’t short of advice from other well regarded sources.
At this stage in his managerial career, now is the time for Koeman to make his Premier League introduction; Swansea could provide the perfect platform.
Feyenoord have already named former PSV boss Fred Rutten as Koeman’s successor. The 51-year-old will formally take charge of the club on July 1 on an initial one-year contract.