Xavi not to continue as FC Barcelona first team coach

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Xavi will no longer be the head coach of FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta notified Xavi Hernández on Friday that he would not be returning to lead the first squad in the 2024–25 season.

The sporting vice-president Rafa Yuste, director of sport Anderson Luís de Souza, Deco, Xavi, Òscar Hernández, and Sergio Alegre were all present at the meeting, which took place at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

In addition to thanking Xavi for his work as coach, FC Barcelona also wishes him the very best of luck in his unique career as a player and team captain.

The squad will play their away match against Sevilla on Sunday, and Xavi Hernández will be their final coach.

FC Barcelona will announce the new first-team manager over the next several days. 

Xavi has had a turbulent season; following his decision to retire at the end of the season, he recently made a U-turn to announce that he would be staying at the club.

The former captain of Barcelona declared his resignation in January after an unexpected 5-3 loss to Villarreal. He alleged a “lack of respect” and characterized the position as “cruel and unpleasant.” 

Xavi will no longer be the head coach of FC Barcelona. After he made his declaration, Barcelona had a fantastic run of play that propelled them into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, where Paris Saint-Germain ultimately eliminated them.

Xavi will no longer be the head coach of FC Barcelona.
Xavi will no longer be the head coach of FC Barcelona. image (Joan Monfort/AP)

A statement from the club read: “Today Friday, FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has informed Xavi Hernandez that he will not be continuing as first team coach in the 2024-25 season. “The sporting vice-president Rafa Yuste, the director of sport Anderson Luís de Souza, Deco, Xavi, Oscar Hernández, and Sergio Alegre were all present during the meeting, which took place at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. 

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“FC Barcelona wishes to thank Xavi for his work as coach, as well as for his inimitable career as a player and as team captain, and wishes him every future success in the world.”The squad will play their away match against Sevilla on Sunday, with Xavi Hernandez as their final coach.

“During the course of the next few days, FC Barcelona will be making an announcement regarding the new first team structure.”

Rumours had it that Xavi had briefed reporters about the club’s financial problems, which could cause them to struggle the next season, and that this had angered Barca president Joan Laporta.

According to reports, Hansi Flick, a former manager of Bayern Munich, may replace Xavi in the Camp Nou next season.

Xavi, who left Barcelona as a player in 2015, is now set to leave the team again after a decision was reached.

In 2021, Xavi took over as manager of Barcelona to succeed Ronald Koeman, who was leaving.

The club won their first La Liga championship since 2019 under the direction of the Spaniard, and it was their first without Lionel Messi since 1999.

But Barca never managed to maintain consistency or form over the season, and they were never a serious threat to Real Madrid, the league leaders. 

“FC Barcelona wishes to thank Xavi for his work as coach, as well as for his inimitable career as a player and as team captain, and wishes him every future success in the world.”The squad will play their away match against Sevilla on Sunday, with Xavi Hernandez as their final coach.

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“During the course of the next few days, FC Barcelona will be making an announcement regarding the new first team structure.”

Rumours had it that Xavi had briefed reporters about the club’s financial problems, which could cause them to struggle the next season, and that this had angered Barca president Joan Laporta.

According to reports, Hansi Flick, a former manager of Bayern Munich, may replace Xavi in the Camp Nou next season.

Xavi, who left Barcelona as a player in 2015, is now set to leave the team again after a decision was reached.

In 2021, Xavi took over as manager of Barcelona to succeed Ronald Koeman, who was leaving.

The club won their first La Liga championship since 2019 under the direction of the Spaniard, and it was their first without Lionel Messi since 1999.

But Barca never managed to maintain consistency or form over the season, and they were never a serious threat to Real Madrid, the league leaders. 

Source: Eurosport