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Barcelona part ways with Xavi Hernandez, Hansi Flick in frame to replace him

Barcelona announced today that they have parted ways with manager Xavi Hernandez.

The decision comes just four weeks after Xavi publicly confirmed he would remain at the club for the 2024/25 season.

“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,” a club statement read via their website.

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

The news comes after a tumultuous season for the club legend. Xavi announced his resignation after a shock defeat to Villarreal in January, citing a lack of respect and the immense pressure of the role. 

However, the team went on an impressive run, reaching the quarter-final of the Champions League. The club convinced him to stay. Barcelona has now reversed its decision.

Reports suggest Laporta was unhappy with Xavi discussing Barcelona’s financial problems, which could potentially hinder future signings.

Xavi’s comments on Vitor Roque also did not go down well with the president. The Spaniard claimed the young striker was not ready to compete at the top level, angering the club and his agent.

He will coach his final game for Barcelona against Sevilla on Sunday. Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is rumoured to be a potential replacement.

After a glorious playing career that ended in 2015, Xavi returned as manager six years later, leading them to a La Liga title last season – their first since 2019. 

However, inconsistencies plagued the team this year, leaving them unable to challenge Real Madrid for the championship.

The future of Barcelona remains uncertain as they head into the summer with massive financial problems hanging over their head, and Xavi’s departure only adds more drama for the club. 

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