Sports Desk, Nov 6 (EFE).- Barcelona on Saturday announced the signing of Xavi Hernandez as their new coach, replacing manager Ronald Koeman who was fired after a slew of bad results.
“FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernández for him to become first team coach for the rest of the current season and two more seasons,” the club said in a statement.
The announcement came after Barcelona paid a buyout clause to Al Sadd, the Qatari club where the Barça-grown player ended professional career and became a coach.
The 41-year-old is expected to be presented on Monday at the Camp Nou, six years and a half after his departure from the Catalan giants.
During his 24-year spell as a Barcelona player, he hoisted eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, three Copa del Rey trophies, two FIFA Club World Cups, two European Super Cups and six Spanish Super Cups.
Upon embarking on the new journey, Xavi gave fans and players a hint about his approach.
“If you have not a boss who is demanding, you will find you are five or six out of ten,” Xavi said in a video posted on the Catalan club’s Twitter account.
“But if you have got a boss who demands 9, 9.5 or 10, then maybe you give an 8. But with eight you win titles,” he added. “That’s has been my experience in my career”.
Xavi faces a tough challenge ahead as debt-laden Barcelona struggle to steady the ship following the departure of heavyweights including Lionel Messi due to the club’s financial woes.
Barcelona, who have earned just one point out of their last three LaLiga games, are ninth with 16 points. EFE