Barcelona Coach Xavi Hernandez to Step Down at End of Season
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has announced his decision to step down from his position at the end of the current season. The decision comes after a series of setbacks including elimination from the Copa del Rey and a defeat in the Spanish Super Cup final, which has left Barcelona 10 points behind league leaders Real Madrid.
In a recent interview with reporters, Xavi revealed, “On June 30, I will leave the club. It’s a decision I have taken with the president, with the staff.” He also expressed the challenging and “cruel” nature of his role, citing that the feeling of being Barcelona coach is unpleasant and feels like people lack respect at times. This has taken a toll on his mental health and morale, leading him to believe that there is “no sense in continuing.”
Xavi, who took over as coach in November 2021, had led Barcelona to success last season with a Spanish Super Cup and league title. However, this season has seen defensive vulnerabilities, with Saturday’s defeat marking the first time Barcelona has conceded five goals at home in La Liga since 1963.
Despite the challenges, Xavi emphasized that even winning the Champions League wouldn’t alter his decision. He also acknowledged the recent struggles and expressed his optimism about the team’s chances to win trophies this season.
Players, including midfielder Frenkie de Jong and defender Ronald Araujo, have shown confidence in the technical team, attributing recent challenges to the players rather than the coach.
Xavi thanked Barcelona’s president, Joan Laporta, for his confidence during his tenure and remains hopeful about the future of the team. The club will now begin the search for a new coach to lead the team in the upcoming season.
News Highlight :
– Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has announced his decision to step down from his position at the end of the current season.
– Xavi attributes his decision to the challenging and “cruel” nature of the role, as well as recent setbacks and defeats for the team.
– He took over as coach in November 2021 and had led Barcelona to success last season, but recent defensive vulnerabilities and defeats have taken a toll on his mental health and morale.
– His decision to leave is based on the belief that the club needs a change of dynamics and he remains optimistic about the team’s chances to win trophies this season.
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