With the exit of Xavi Hernandez from Barcelona Football Club, the board will be looking to bring in a replacement for the Spaniard as soon as possible to get the club running immediately.

There are a couple of names that have been in the news that will take over as a possible replacement at the Catalonia club. Barcelona announced the termination of Xavi Hernandez’s contract on its website on Friday, May 24, 2024.

However, the preferred person to take over from the Barcelona legend is former Bayern Munich manager, Hansi Flick.

What will Hansi Flick bring to Barcelona?

The 59-year-old has experience not just with national teams, he led Bayern Munich to the treble, winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League. club in 2020, a feat that has only been achieved with a few managers.

Flick’s relationship with Barcelona’s forward player, Robert Lewandowski will come in handy because of their relationship at Bayern Munich for two seasons. However, he has been out of coaching job since September 2023 after he was sacked by Germany.

Why did Barcelona sack Xavi Hernandez?

Xavi recently confirmed a contract extension with Barcelona after both parties reached an agreement that it was in their best interest for the Spaniard to continue his role as manager of the Catalonia club. However, things took a turn when Xavi spoke at a pre-match press conference before the league game against Almeria, which did not sit well with the board at Barcelona.

What did Xavi say?

He was asked if Barcelona had what it takes to compete for major trophies with the current squad. Xavi responded to the question sincerely, but his response may have put his job at risk.

We are going to try to compete against Madrid. I think that the couple must understand that the situation is very difficult. Above all, on an economic level. We have an economic situation that has nothing to do with 25 years ago, we can no longer go out and pick and say I want this one, this one, and that one”. We are not in the same conditions as other clubs with very advantageous economic situations.

The Barcelona fans have to understand it. That does not mean that we do not want to compete, but that is Barca’s situation at the moment. We need stability and time, but we will try to compete.”

What did Barcelona say about sacking Xavi?

Barcelona confirmed on its official website on Friday, May 24, 2024, that it has decided to terminate Xavi’s contract after both parties failed to reach an agreement on the future.

“Today Friday, FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has informed Xavi Hernández that he will not be continuing as first team coach in the 2024-25 season. The meeting happened at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and was also attended by sporting vice-president Rafa Yuste, director of sport Anderson Luís de Souza, Deco, Xavi, Òscar Hernández and Sergio Alegre. FC Barcelona wishes to thank Xavi for his work as coach, as well as for his inimitable career as a player and as team captain and wishes him every future success in the world. Xavi Hernández will be coaching the team for the last time in Sunday’s game away to Sevilla.”

What does the future hold for Xavi?

There is no news yet from Xavi’s camp concerning his future but he is expected to get a top-profile job before the start of next season with Chelsea and Manchester United among the clubs who might be ready to snap him up.

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