Barcelona manager Xavi shockingly announced that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
The legendary former player took charge of his boyhood club back in 2021 and guided them to the La Liga title last season, but his decision has now left the club with a huge decision, who will replace him?
Barca are currently eight points behind league leaders and rivals Real Madrid in the current campaign, however, and Xavi has insisted he has given everything possible.
“I’ve been a man of the club. I’ve prioritised it above even myself. I’ve given everything I have,” he said. “And I will continue to do so to make the fans feel proud. I think the club needs a change of dynamic.”
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They could go in a completely different direction and appoint former Germany and Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick.
Flick won the treble in a two-year stint with Bayern and reports suggest that the German would love the chance to replace Xavi.
In keeping with tradition at Barcelona, former player and current head coach of Barcelona B Rafael Marquez is the leading contender to replace Xavi.
The club usually like to promote from within and have been successful in doing so in the past with both Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique having managed the B team before the first team.
The Italian has impressed massively in charge of Brighton producing helping top talents that have gone on to play for Europe’s biggest clubs.
His philosophy has been compared with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola and he’s been linked with several top jobs. This is one to watch.
The Bayern Munich manager could be about to lose his job after an underwhelming season that could see them finish second in the Bundesliga for the first time in over a decade.
However, he’s still proven to be a successful manager, particularly in Europe where he won the Champions League with Chelsea back in 2021.
Another former Barcelona youngster Thiago Motta has been managing Serie A side Bologna since 2022.
This season has been especially impressive as they challenge for a place in the Champions League. Given how competitive the Italian top flight is it’s not a surprise he’s a contender to manage his former club.
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