Xavi warns successor ‘you will suffer’ as he departs Barcelona

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Barcelona’s outgoing manager Xavi has warned his successor that they should expect to face challenges in the role.

Xavi is leaving the club following a turbulent few months during which he expressed concerns about the club’s financial situation.

Xavi, who joined Barcelona as a player in 1991 and went on to make over 700 appearances for the club, was appointed head coach in November 2021 and guided the team to La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup titles in his first full season in charge.

However, tensions between Xavi and club president Joan Laporta reportedly emerged following Xavi’s public comments about the club’s finances.

Xavi, who was under contract until 2025, initially planned to leave the club in January but changed his mind in April, deciding to stay on at Camp Nou.

He stated, “To the new manager, I tell you: ‘You will suffer’. This is a very complicated place to be. This is a difficult job and you have to be patient.”

“I have the feeling that everything I have done in these two and a half years has caused an earthquake,” he said. “I have been targeted many times in many situations.”

Xavi expressed that his work at the club “has not been sufficiently appreciated” and regarding his sacking, he said, “I had no choice but to accept it. It doesn’t matter if I agree with the arguments.”

The former Barca player stated he is open to a new job but feels he needs to “rest a little bit.” He added, “It’s so difficult to coach Barcelona. It’s been tough last week, but I have my conscience very clear. I’m proud and happy.”


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