It wasn't pretty and it wasn't smooth sailing. He knew what it would entails when he surprising grabbed the chance, to manage a club at the lowest of its lows.
For the average football fan at that time, the appointment of Ronald Koeman was a disaster waiting to happen to not only the Dutchman but also to Barcelona as well.
Yet, like a seasoned manager that he is and former player who absolutely loves the club, Ronald Koeman has somehow managed to weather the storms and bring about a decent stability.
He has managed to slowly take Barcelona out of the disorganization and disorientation, that characterised the team and doing a massively impressive job at the club this season.
That is why, for real Barcelona fans and indeed football lovers, the Dutchman deserves some credit for the good job he is doing at the club.
Take a look at how he quietly built his own squad around key players, who bleed and love Barcelona despite the massive odds against him.
The fascinating and bold decision to do away with 'big' players like Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, and Arturo Vidal in the build up of a revamped squad that will play for him and the club, highlighted the proactive nature of a manager who is already thinking futuristic even though his job at Barcelona, is far from being certain as the man to take them to that future.
Yet, he has managed to find a balance where the team does not overly depend on the brilliance of Lionel Messi, and made the Argentinian not to lose his relevance in the squad too.
Ronald Koeman so far this season, should be credited for the renaissance of some sort regarding the mentality of Barcelona team that is fuelled by the blend of experience, and energetic youths in the squad.
The likes of Dest, Trincao, Puig, and De Jong are just the array of youngsters who have been bloodied into the style, and tactical setup of Ronald Koeman that has given the team it's own identity.
It took some time, and the need to relinquish his stubbornness before Ronald Koeman perfected the kind of formation (the traditional 4-3-3), suitable for Barcelona under his management.
This is a manager who breezed through the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League top of the group like it's nothing, and quickly disbanded any fear that the club might have competing in a competition that saw lose 8-2 to current champions, Bayern Munich, last season.
It's also note worthy to remind faithful Barcelona fans that the revival, resurgence and passion demonstrated among the players in recent weeks can be traced to the good job that Ronald Koeman is doing at the club.
Not many would have predicted the kind of fortunes that has befall Barcelona so far this season as the impressive work of their manager, Ronald Koeman continues to take shape.
He might not be the man for the next decade but his overall good job so far this season at Barcelona, deserves some commendation and credits.
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