After hours of posturing in Qatar, FC Barcelona finally announced Xavi Hernandez as their new manager late at night between Friday and Saturday. After Ronald Koeman’s sacking from the club, all roads pointed at Xavi as the new boss and je will be presented as new Barça head coach on Monday.
When the Catalan coach arrived to play for Al-Sadd, he vowed to someday return to coach his beloved club after properly preparing for the role. He eventually took the manager’s seat in Qatar and became a wildly successful coach for Al-Sadd. The current situation at FC Barcelona rushed his return but Xavi always expressed his predisposition to take on this challenge.
FC Barcelona made the announcement at night, when the entire country was sleeping and when nobody expected an annoucement. In fact, there were reports that the club was planning to announce Xavi later today and present him on Monday. But the situation took a wild turn at 01:47 on Saturday.
The former midfielder is set to sign a contract until the summer of 2024. President Joan Laporta was reportedly informed of the decision to make the announcement as soon as he landed on Vigo for the squad’s La Liga match against Celta. He’s been in constant communication with Rafa Yuste