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Barcelona has fired Xavi just a month after convincing him to stay in the position; The Spaniard announced in January his desire to leave the club at the end of the season but reversed his decision; Former Bayern Munich and Germany coach Hansi Flick set to replace him


1:52 p.m., United Kingdom, Friday, May 24, 2024

Barcelona have sacked coach Xavi after three years in charge, with former Bayern Munich and Germany boss Hansi Flick set to replace him.

The 44-year-old Spaniard will take charge of Barcelona’s final game of the season against Sevilla on Sunday before leaving the club.

The decision to sack Xavi comes a month after Barcelona convinced him to stay on as coach after he initially planned to leave at the end of this campaign.

Xavi’s turbulent 2024 with Barcelona

  • January 27, 2024: Xavi announces he is leaving Barcelona, ​​describing the role as “cruel and unpleasant.”
  • April 24, 2024: Barcelona announces that Xavi has reversed his decision and will take the team into next season.
  • May 24, 2024 – Xavi is fired as Barcelona coach

According to Sky in GermanyBarcelona has reached a verbal agreement with Flick to become coach. The Spanish club says it plans to make an announcement regarding Xavi’s replacement in the coming days.

A statement from the Catalan club said: “FC Barcelona would like to thank Xavi for his work as a coach, as well as his inimitable career as a player and as team captain, and wishes him every future success in the world.”

Xavi will leave Barcelona with the club in second place in the table, but goes into the final day of the season on Sunday 12 points behind champions Real Madrid.

The Spaniard also led the Catalans to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but lost to Paris Saint-Germain.



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Xavi will leave his position as Barcelona coach after Sunday’s final match against Sevilla

Overall, Xavi won the LaLiga title in 2023 and also lifted the Spanish Super Cup a few months later.

Sevilla boss: How badly do Barcelona treat their legends?

Sevilla coach Quique Sánchez Flores, who will also leave the club after Sunday’s game against Barcelona, ​​criticized the Catalan club for having a “bad streak” when it comes to keeping their legends at the club.

Flores referenced the way Lionel Messi and Ronald Koeman left Barcelona in recent years as further examples of how poorly Barcelona have treated their key figures.

“Xavi is a coach who has cared a lot about the club. He has experienced many things as a player and has done a good job as a coach,” said the former Watford coach. I’ll give him a huge hug, we’ll talk.

“I shouldn’t say this, but how badly Barcelona treats its legends. Koeman, Messi, with Xavi now… what a bad streak. I wish the clubs valued their legends. That adds up.”

Which big European clubs have fired their coach?

Barcelona They are the latest major European club to fire their coach at the end of this season.

In the first division, Chelsea They are looking for a new coach after his dismissal Mauricio Pochettino this week. There are also serious doubts about Erik ten HagThe future of manchester unitedwhich recorded its worst result in England’s top flight this season.

Brighton also separated from Roberto De Zerbi earlier this month despite the Italian leading the club to its first European campaign this season.

Bayern Munich is another important club looking for a coach after reporting Thomas Tuchel in January that they would not continue it. Burnley manager Vicente Kompany He is currently the German club’s preferred candidate.

AC Milan announced that the manager Stefano Pioli will leave the club, with the former Roma coach Pablo Fonseca the favorite to succeed him.

Juventus It was also fired Massimiliano Allegri last week following the Italian coach’s behavior following the Coppa Italia victory over Atalanta. He is scheduled to be replaced by Thiago Mottawho will leave third place Bologna next week.

Ajax also replaced interim manager John van’t Schip with Nice manager Francesco Farioliwho has left the French club.

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