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Barcelona Sack Xavi, Set To Appoint Flick As Replacement

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Barcelona have dismissed manager Xavi, with former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick set to replace him.

Xavi will lead Barcelona for the final time on Sunday when they host Sevilla in their last La Liga match of the season.

The 44-year-old, who was under contract until 2025, was informed of the club’s decision during a meeting with club president Joan Laporta and sporting director Deco on Friday, exactly one month after it was announced he would remain at the club.

Xavi, a former Spain midfielder, announced in January that he would leave Camp Nou but was persuaded to stay by Laporta in April.

However, recent comments from Xavi about the club’s financial struggles reportedly angered Laporta.

Barcelona thanked Xavi for his work as a coach since taking charge in 2021 and mentioned that a “new structure” would be confirmed in the coming days, with Flick set to take charge.

The 59-year-old Flick has been out of work since he was sacked by Germany in September 2023. He replaced Joachim Low as national boss in 2021, becoming the first German manager to be sacked since the role was created in 1926, having won just 12 of his 25 matches in charge.

Flick’s stint with Germany followed his successful tenure at Bayern Munich, where he guided the team to a treble in 2020, winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League.

Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski, 35, played under Flick at Bayern Munich for two seasons.

Despite guiding Barcelona to the La Liga title in 2022-23, Xavi’s side had a disappointing defense of their crown this term. The Catalans are 12 points behind rivals Real Madrid, with one game remaining in the season.

Barcelona were also knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Paris St-Germain.

Xavi spent 17 years with Barcelona as a player, emerging from the club’s La Masia academy. After four years playing for Qatari side Al-Sadd, Xavi retired in 2019 to take over the team as manager. He remained in Qatar for two more seasons before replacing Ronald Koeman as Barcelona boss in November 2021.

Xavi helped the club to the La Liga title and Spanish Cup during his first full season in charge, earning the team a return to the Champions League.

Sevilla boss Quique Sanchez Flores has criticized Barcelona’s treatment of Xavi.

Barcelona will finish the season second in La Liga behind champions Real Madrid, and Xavi will remain in charge for the game against Sevilla.

During his 141 games as Barcelona boss, Xavi won 89 matches, resulting in a 63% win ratio.

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