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Xavi out of Barcelona: Club legend fired less than a month after being convinced to reverse his resignation

FC Barcelona has announced that the club has fired coach Xavi Hernández and former Germany coach Hansi Flick is expected to take over in the coming days, according to multiple reports. Xavi announced his decision to leave Barcelona in January, but then changed his mind last April following a meeting with club president Joan Laporta, who wanted the Spanish coach to continue for at least one more season.

But the situation changed during the last month and on Friday the club announced his departure.

“The president of FC Barcelona, ​​​​Joan Laporta, has informed Xavi Hernández that he will not continue as coach of the first team in the 2024-25 season. The meeting took place at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and was also attended by the vice president sports, Rafa Yuste, sports director Anderson Luís de Souza, Deco, Xavi, Òscar Hernández and Sergio Alegre.

“FC Barcelona wants to thank Xavi for his work as a coach, as well as his inimitable career as a player and as captain, and wishes him all the future successes in the world. Xavi Hernández will coach the team for the last time in Sunday’s match against Sevilla During the next few days, FC Barcelona will announce the new structure of the first team.

Xavi’s Chronology of Events

  • January 27: Xavi announces his departure at the end of the season
  • April 25: Laporta announces that Xavi will continue in office
  • May 24: Barcelona fires Xavi

As Barcelona coach, Xavi won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup after taking charge of the club in 2021 after replacing Ronald Koeman. After the 5-3 home defeat against Villarreal, Xavi announced his decision to leave the club at the end of this season, leaving many surprised considering the bond that exists between the entire Barcelona environment and the coach, despite the disappointing season.

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Laporta convinced Xavi to change his mind last April, when they spoke together at a press conference announcing their decision to continue for at least one more season. However, some comments from Xavi about the club’s financial situation created some tension in the club and led Laporta to decide to fire the Barcelona legend. Xavi stated that “our fans and partners must understand that the situation is very difficult, especially on an economic level, for us to compete with our biggest rivals, be it Real Madrid or teams from Europe. We have to accept that. “It does not mean that we don’t want to compete and that we don’t fight for titles, but this is the situation that Barcelona finds itself in.”

Flick is now set to become Barcelona’s new coach and, as La Liga expert Guillem Balague revealed to CBS Sports Golazo Network, talks have been underway for two months with the German coach about to begin a new chapter in the club. So if you’re keeping track at home, Barcelona were negotiating with Flick to take over Xavi at the same time they were convincing Xavi to reverse his decision and stay at the club. Welcome to the Barcelona experience. Regardless, the Xavi era at the club is officially over.

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