Barcelona officially announces Club Legend Xavi as new coach. Koeman’s 14-month reign came to an end following Barca’s 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano on October 27, with the Dutch boss failing to convince. Xavi is returning to Camp Nou 6 years after his goodbye from the Catalans.
Barcelona have appointed club legend, Xavi Hernandez as their new coach following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. The World Cup winner is leaving Qatar-based club Al Sadd and joining Barca on a deal through the 2023-24 season. A Barcelona statement said:
FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez for him to become first team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons. Xavi Hernandez, a youth team product at Barca, has left his current club, Al Sadd of Qatar, after talks held over the last few days with the owners of the club.
It is expected that Xavi Hernandez will arrive in Barcelona this weekend and that on Monday 8 November his presentation as new FC Barcelona’s first-team coach will take place in an event open to the public at Camp Nou.
After the event Xavi Hernandez will appear in a press conference in the Ricard Maxenchs press room. Al Sadd said the club administration approved the transfer of Xavi to Barcelona after the payment of the clause stipulated in his contract.
Xavi is one of the most decorated players in Barca’s history, having won 25 trophies at Camp Nou between 1997 and 2015 including eight Liga titles and the Champions League.
The Spaniard made 767 appearances for the club, a record bettered only by Lionel Messi, and also contributed 85 goals and 185 assists.