Barcelona Sack Coach Xavi Hernandez after Trophyless Season

Barcelona sacked coach Xavi Hernandez on Friday after he failed to win any trophy this season, reported AFP.

Before departing, Xavi will take charge of the team’s final La Liga match on Sunday at Sevilla.

According to a statement by Barcelona, “President Joan Laporta has told Xavi Hernandez he will not continue as coach for the 2024-25 season.”

In January, Xavi said he would leave at the end of the season, but after a series of good results, in April he and President Laporta agreed the coach would stay for the next season, with his contract expiring in June 2025.

However, the situation quickly changed with Spanish media reporting that Laporta was provoked by Xavi’s comments suggesting that it was hard for the financially-hamstrung club to compete with Real Madrid and other elite European clubs.

Barcelona want to thank Xavi for his work as coach, which adds to his unmatchable career as a player and the captain of the first team, and wish him all the best in the future,” Barcelona’s statement added.

Barcelona will announce the new coaching structure for the first team staff within the coming days.

It is highly anticipated that former Bayern Munich and Germany coach Hansi might replace Xavi.

It is noteworthy that Barcelona, led by Xavi, won La Liga last season, but were unable to defend the title in the current campaign. They were eliminated from the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Paris Saint-Germain, were defeated by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final and lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.

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