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Barcelona announced Xavi dismissal

Barcelona announced Xavi dismissal

Barcelona have announced the dismissal of manager Xavi, with former Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick poised to assume the role. Xavi's final match in charge will be on Sunday (26.05.24), when Barcelona host Sevilla in their last La Liga fixture of the season.

The 44-year-old, who had a contract until 2025, was informed of the decision in a meeting on Friday with club president Joan Laporta and sporting director Deco.

It comes exactly one month after it was announced that Xavi would remain at the club.

Xavi had initially declared in January his intention to leave Camp Nou but was persuaded to stay by Laporta in April.

However, recent remarks by Xavi regarding the club's financial issues reportedly angered Laporta.

In a statement, Barcelona expressed gratitude for Xavi's contributions since he took over in 2021.

"We would like to thank Xavi for his work as a coach," the club stated, adding that a "new structure" will be unveiled in the coming days, with Flick set to take the helm.

Flick, 59, has been out of work since being dismissed by Germany in September 2023.

His tenure with the national team, which began in 2021, saw him become the first Germany manager to be sacked since the role was created in 1926, winning just 12 of his 25 matches.

Prior to this, Flick led Bayern Munich to a treble in 2020, securing the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League titles.

Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski, who played under Flick at Bayern Munich for two seasons, could reunite with his former manager at Camp Nou.

Xavi guided Barcelona to the La Liga title in the 2022-’23 season, but his side's defense of the crown has been lackluster this term, trailing 12 points behind rivals Real Madrid with one game left. Barcelona also exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, losing to Paris Saint-Germain.

Xavi, a product of Barcelona's La Masia academy, spent 17 years with the club as a player before moving to Qatari side Al-Sadd.

After retiring in 2019, he managed Al-Sadd for two seasons before replacing Ronald Koeman as Barcelona's head coach in November 2021. Under Xavi's leadership, Barcelona won the La Liga title and the Spanish Cup in his first full season, securing a return to the Champions League.

Sevilla manager Quique Sanchez Flores criticised Barcelona's treatment of Xavi, saying: "I shouldn't say this, but how badly Barcelona treats its legends. What a bad streak."

"With Koeman, with Messi, with Xavi now – how bad. I wish clubs treated their legends well. That would be fantastic. Xavi is a legend of the club."

Flores also expressed doubts about the validity of the criticism directed at Xavi.

He added: "I have doubts the criticism about (Xavi) is correct."

Barcelona will finish the season second in La Liga behind champions Real Madrid. Xavi, who won 89 of his 141 games as Barcelona manager, achieving a 63 per cent win ratio, will oversee the final match against Sevilla.

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