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Xavi sacked as Barcelona head coach

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Barcelona have announced the sacking of Xavi Hernandez as head coach of the Spanish La Liga team.

The club shared the news in a statement on its website on Friday.

Xavi will lead his final match as coach of the Catalan club on Sunday, a month after he and the club had agreed to continue their partnership.

In January, Xavi had initially announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the season due to a series of poor results.

However, the team’s performance improved, reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. These positive results prompted Xavi to reverse his decision in April, with the club’s support.

Recently, Xavi has been outspoken about the club’s management, including criticism of president Joan Laporta. His comments drew the attention of the board, leading to his departure.

The club explained that Xavi, who played 767 matches for Barcelona, was dismissed following a meeting with club officials, including Laporta.

“Today, Friday, FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta informed Xavi Hernández that he will not continue as first team coach for the 2024-25 season,” the statement read.

“The meeting took place at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and included sporting vice-president Rafa Yuste, director of sport Anderson Luís de Souza (Deco), Xavi, Òscar Hernández, and Sergio Alegre.”

While appreciating Xavi’s contributions as manager, the Catalan club stated they would announce a new manager in a “few days.”

Xavi was appointed manager in November 2021 and won the Spanish La Liga title and the Spanish Super Cup during his tenure.

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