Arsene Wenger makes approach to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as Netherlands manager

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Arsene Wenger during an interview at the Mercedes Benz Building prior to the Laureus World Sports Awards on February 17, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.
Wenger wants the Dutch job (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has reportedly made an approach to the Dutch Football Association to offer his services to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as Netherlands manager.

Wenger, the former Arsenal manager, has been working as the head of global football development since leaving the Emirates.

However, he is open to a return to management and he views the Dutch national team as an opportunity to return to a full-time coaching role.

And, according to Fox Sports, Wenger has put himself forward to succeed Koeman and lead the Netherlands into the European Championship in 2021.

Koeman is widely expected to move on this summer and return to former club Barcelona.

The former Everton and Southampton manager won the Uefa Nations League with his compatriots and was hoping to lead them to glory at Euro 2020, which was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Head Coach Ronald Koeman of Netherlands gives an interview in the flash zone after the UEFA Nations League Draw at Beur van Berlage on March 03, 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Koeman is set to take the Barcelona job (Picture: Getty)

However, with Barcelona giving Quique Setien the axe on Monday following their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, Koeman is to return to club management instead.

And that has left the door open for Wenger to make a return to top-level football management.

Wenger has previously admitted he is keen on a return to the dugout but admitted his age is a factor in any decision.

‘Every day I want to train, I’ve been doing this all my life,’ he told Europe 1.

‘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.’

An international management position – which comes without the day-to-day stresses of club coaching – could suit the Arsenal boss at this stage in his career.

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