Barcelona is without a coach again. How long did Xavi and his predecessors stay in office?

Barcelona is without a coach again.  How long did Xavi and his predecessors stay in office?

FC Barcelona officially announced their separation from Xavi at the end of the season. Unfortunately for this club, the Spaniard did not become the next Pep Guardiola. This is how the former midfielder performed compared to his predecessors.

FC Barcelona is still looking for another Pep Guardiola, who achieved everything with this club – three Spanish championships (2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11), two Copa del Rey (2008/09, 2011/12) and Spanish Super Cups (2009, 2010, 2011). Additionally, he won the UEFA Champions League (2008/09, 2010/11), the UEFA Super Cup: (2009 and 2011) and the Club World Cup: (2009 and 2011).

Xavi will not be the next Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola started working at FC Barcelona on July 1, 2008, and left on June 30, 2012. During 1,460 days, he led the Pride of Catalonia in 247 games with an average of 2.36 points. This coach is currently in charge of Manchester City, with whom he recently celebrated winning his fourth consecutive English championship.

Unfortunately, Xavi Hernandez did not become what his older teammate and later coach was. FC Barcelona announced on Friday, May 24, that the Spaniard will not remain coach next season. The coach held a meeting with the club's president, Joan Laporta, in which he was informed about it. Sports vice president Rafa Yuste, sports director Anderson Luis de Souza, Deco, Xavi, Oscar Hernandez and Sergio Alegre also attended the meeting. Xavi's last match on the bench for FC Barcelona will be Sunday's away match against Sevilla.

“FC Barcelona would like to thank Xavi for his work as a coach, as well as for his unique career as a player and team captain, and wishes him every future success in the world,” the statement read.

Xavi took over as FC Barcelona coach on November 6, 2021. So far, he has spent 929 days in this position and made 141 appearances with an average of 2.06 points per game. During his tenure, he won the championship and the Spanish Super Cup in the 2022/23 season. The Spaniard will leave the club 967 days after being hired, which puts him in second place in the number of days spent as coach since Pep Guardiola's dismissal.

After Guardiola's departure, this coach lasted the longest on the FC Barcelona bench

First in the ranking is Luis Enrique. Xavi's compatriot was hired by FC Barcelona on July 1, 2014 and was fired after 1,095 days (June 30, 2017). During this time, the current PSG coach led Blaugrana in 181 matches with an average of 2.41 points per match. The Spaniard won everything at home and won the Champions League for the last time for Blaugrana in the 2014/15 season, as well as the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

After Luis Enrique, Ernesto Valverde was hired on July 1, 2017. The Spaniard led FC Barcelona for 2.5 seasons and was fired on January 13, 2020, after the defeat in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid. The coach spent 926 days in Catalonia and led the team in 145 matches. During his time, the average points per game was 2.23.

Other FC Barcelona coaches

From January 2020, i.e. the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, to November 2021 – the employment of Xavi, FC Barcelona had two coaches – Quique Setien (217 days, 25 matches, 2.08 pm) and Ronald Koeman (435 days, 67 matches and 1.96 pm). ) and one interim coach Sergi Barjuan (10 days, three games and 1.67 pm).

In the era after Pep Guardiola (June 30, 2012) until the employment of Luis Enrique (July 1, 2014), FC Barcelona was led by the late. Tito Vilanova (1/07/2012 – 19/07/2013), temporarily from January to March 2013 due to the recurrence of cancer, Jordi Roura took over the duties of the first coach. Later, the job was taken over by an Argentine – Gerardo Martino (23/07/2013 – 30/06/2014). In total, he spent 342 days in this position and sat on the coaching bench 59 times with an average of 2.22 pm.

Who will replace Xavi?

FC Barcelona will announce a new first-team coach in the next few days. There have already been rumors in the Spanish media that it may be Robert Lewandowski's former coach, Hansi Flick. Will he be the next Pep Guardiola? Or maybe he will share the fate of other coaches? We will find out soon.

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