Barcelona’s coach, Xavi Hernandez, has made the decision to leave the club at the end of the current season, following a series of disappointing results. The announcement comes after Barcelona suffered a significant defeat, conceding five goals to 14th-place Villarreal on Saturday night.
Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano disclosed the development, quoting Xavi as saying, “I will leave Barcelona in June. We have reached a point of no return. It’s time for change. As a Culé, I think that it’s time to leave. I spoke with the board and the club today. I will leave on the 30th of June.”
Xavi, a legendary figure at Barcelona as a player for 17 years, took over as the first-team coach in November 2021. He enjoyed success in his first full season, securing both the 2022–23 Supercopa de España and the 2022–23 La Liga title. However, the current season has been challenging for Barcelona, with recent eliminations from the Copa del Rey and a significant league deficit.
Addressing the criticism he faced, Xavi stated, “Being Barça coach is so difficult. You see how they kill you, they criticize you, it affects you.” He expressed that leaving was the best decision for the club, emphasizing the need for a change of dynamic.
Xavi’s departure announcement follows a trend in the football world, with Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp also announcing his decision to step down at the end of the season. The coaching landscape is witnessing significant changes as clubs assess their strategies and leadership structures.