Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez is now getting closer to his dream return to Barcelona as a manager.
The past few weeks have been violent at the club’s offices with rifts between Ronald Koeman and Joan Laporta making news day after day. The Dutchman was said to be hanging by a thin wire, and the wire is now reportedly very close to snapping.
At the offices of Barcelona, the coming game against Levante is understood to be the manager’s last game on the sidelines for no one dares to make any predictions beyond that.
Laporta was initially said to be reluctant to give Xavi the managerial position so early. The president believed it was too early for the legendary midfielder to manage a team at such a high level.
Yet, something has moved in the past 24 hours and the Spaniard is now a realistic option on the table.
Multiple positives are attached to the recruitment of Xavi which appeal to the board. To begin with, the World Cup winner is a stringent ambassador of the 4-3-3 system, one that the team considers home.
Besides that, allowing Xavi to guide the renewed team in a new project could convince the fans to be more patient given his legendary status in the club’s history.
Moreover, the Al Sadd coach would not demand any power in the youth football front or medical services and would command very minimal change in staff.
The other name on the table is Roberto Martinez. The Belgian national team are reluctant to let go of the Spaniard before the Nations League. This could further help Xavi’s case.
We will have to wait and see whether Laporta’s decision will have to wait until Barcelona’s next game, but it looks like an imminent dismissal of the Dutch coach is not ruled out