When that 21 May 2008 Ronald Koeman was leaving the Spanish League after Valencia's hard defeat against Athletic Bilbao by 5-1 in old San Mamés, Many predicted a long journey through the desert for that Dutch central defender who gave Barcelona the first European Cup in its history.
It was not enough that the Valencian team had won a Copa del Rey (which to date is his last title as by the way the tulip ventured). His lack of love with the fans, the media and the fact of removing three figures like Albelda from the staff, Cañizares or Ángulo had generated a degree of distrust towards the top scorer in history that not only the streets of Valencia abounded but also the entire Spanish geography.
Six years later, Ronald Koeman's service record is far from being negligible, it is palatable, even for the big teams in Europe. Southampton coach with his brother Erwin is leading the rojiblanco club to be one of the revelations of the Premier where it is already third based on goals and good play, in addition to boasting of being the second highest scoring team and the least goalscorer.
Names like Graziano Pellé are already on everyone's lips thanks to him. And the Dutch roadmap is more than interesting. He has won titles in the three countries he has trained (we do not include England yet for only three months). He can boast of being one of the two coaches who has won the Eredivisie with Ajax and PSV. He can claim to have made Feyenoord grow old laurels, which he has made runner-up in 2012 Y 2013.
Champion of the Portuguese Super Cup with Benfica, only at AZ Aalkmar did not seem to meet expectations being struck down by poor results. In Spain, still looked at with skepticism by what happened in his black and white stage, there are already several teams that have started to fixate on it for the not too distant future. That is precisely the doubt, Will we ever see Ronald Koeman training in La Liga??