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Xavi, dismissed as Barcelona coach

Barcelona have reportedly sacked La Liga-winning head coach Xavi and are set to replace the Spaniard with Hansi Flick.

Barcelona La Liga winning coach fired xavi and they are willing to replace Spanish with Hansi Flick.

The 44-year-old, who led the Blaugrana to top-flight glory in the 2022-23 season, initially informed the public that he planned to leave his role in January after a 5-3 loss to Villarreal.

However, Barcelona hit great form after Xavi’s announcement, with the former Blaugrana midfielder eventually changing his mind after talks with the president. Juan Laporta and sports director decor.

However, just a couple of weeks after confirming he would stay at the club, Xavi apparently found himself in trouble with Laporta, who was upset by comments the Spaniard made about Barcelona’s financial situation and Laporta’s title chances. League for 2024-25. .

Xavi stated that he is still planning the next season as coach, as several former targets of the board, including Xabi Alonso, Mikel Arteta, Thomas Tuchel and Roberto De Zerbi – were no longer reachable.

Xavi, dismissed as Barcelona coach© Reuters

Barcelona confirms Xavi’s departure after the president’s meeting

However, there would be one last significant twist in the story, as the following statements by Fabrizio Romano that Xavi had been sacked, Barcelona confirmed that Laporta had pulled the trigger on the La Liga winning manager on Friday.

Xavi will take charge of Barcelona for the final time on Sunday night, when the Catalan giants head to Seville for their final match of the 2023-24 La Liga season, and it has already been confirmed that they finish second in the table.

“The president of FC Barcelona, ​​​​Joan Laporta, has informed Xavi Hernández this afternoon that he will not continue as coach of the first team in the 2024-25 season,” Barcelona reported in a statement.

“The meeting took place at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and the sports vice president, Rafa Yusteand the sports director, Anderson Luís de Souza, Deco, as well as Xavi’s assistants, Oscar Hernandez and Sergio AlegreThey were present.

“FC Barcelona wants to thank Xavi for his work as a coach, which adds to an unparalleled career as a player and captain of the team, and wishes him all the luck in the world. In the coming days, FC Barcelona will report on the new structure of the first team”.

Xavi abandons the headline act of the Barcelona circus

Barcelona president Joan Laporta, pictured on August 5, 2022.© Reuters

After almost three years in office, a League title and a Spanish Super Cup, Xavi’s departure is the last ridiculous episode of the Barcelona soap opera, which has been telling farce after farce for several years.

From their well-reported financial crisis and alleged bribes to a refereeing boss, to disappointing performances on the pitch, Barcelona had briefly brought good times to Camp Nou when Xavi plotted their run to La Liga glory just 12 months ago.

For months, the 44-year-old claimed time and time again that nothing could change his mind about leaving, only for Laporta and Deco to finally twist his arm because he didn’t keep his original word.

However, just weeks after the joint press conference announcing Barcelona’s continued partnership with Xavi, the 44-year-old somehow managed to burn enough bridges with Laporta to be mercilessly sacked from his position.

Whether there was more to his departure than just a couple of meaningless comments only he and the hierarchy know – at least for now – and the pressure on Flick to restore even a small sense of order to the Barcelona circus could hardly be greater.

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