Barcelona ‘in negotiations with Xavi’ to become their new coach after firing Ronald Koeman … and the contacts with the Camp Nou legend to replace the Dutchman ‘began WEEKS ago and will continue today’
- Xavi is reportedly already in talks with Barcelona to become their new manager.
- The former legendary club midfielder is currently in charge of Al-Sadd in Qatar
- Barcelona have suffered the worst start to the season since the 1987-88 campaign
- Ronald Koeman was fired after Wednesday night’s loss to Rayo Vallecano
Barcelona are reportedly already mired in negotiations with legendary midfielder Xavi to replace Ronald Koeman as coach following the Dutchman’s sacking on Wednesday night.
Koeman was removed from his post after just over a year in office after his team fell 1-0 to new LaLiga players Rayo Vallecano, leaving the Camp Nou team in a humble ninth place in the league. table.
The result leaves Barça six points behind the top four, including the fierce rival Real Madrid.
Xavi (left) is the favorite to take over as Barcelona coach from Ronald Koeman
However, it seems that the reign of the Dutchman as the Barça coach was already ready to end the club having already started talks with his former midfield star, Xavi.
Xavi is currently in command of Qatari Al-Sadd, whom he has managed for two years and joined as a player in 2015 after leaving Barça.
The 41-year-old would be a popular choice among fans who have played 767 times for the club between 1998 and 2015 and who have previously passed through his academy.
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Xavi is interested in a return to the Camp Nou and negotiations on his return home to the Camp Nou with him started weeks ago and are set to continue today, including talks with Al-Sadd.
Xavi is a Barcelona legend who helped them win multiple titles in his 17 years as a senior star.
Koeman’s firing came as no surprise given that Barcelona have suffered their worst start to the season since the 1987-88 campaign.
Having finished sixth that year, a similar season would knock them out of the Champions League and have catastrophic consequences for the club’s already fragile finances.
Koeman was fired on the return flight from a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano.
Barcelona had not lost to the small Madrid club for 19 years when Louis van Gaal was in charge.
The 1-0 loss could have ended very differently if Memphis Depay hadn’t missed a penalty and Sergino Dest hadn’t shot from five yards.
Koeman’s dismissal came after New Boys’ 1-0 LaLiga loss to Rayo Vallecano
But that has been the story of Barcelona’s season. They have only scored one goal away from home and have yet to win away from home.
Things haven’t been better in Europe, where Barcelona lost their first two group stage matches for the first time in Champions League history.
Koeman’s firing has been months in the making. Club president Joan Laporta openly admitted in the summer that the 58-year-old was still in charge because no acceptable alternative could be found.