'You will suffer' - Recently sacked Xavi Hernandez warns incoming Barcelona manager

Xavi Hernandez warns incoming Barcelona manager || Imago

'You will suffer' - Recently sacked Xavi Hernandez warns incoming Barcelona manager

Stephen Oladehinde 16:15 - 27.05.2024

Xavi Hernandez has warned his successor about the challenges he will face when he becomes the manager of Barcelona.

Earlier in the season, the former midfield player had announced his decision to leave the position, but he did a stunning u-turn and decided to continue.

However, after a meeting with the 62-year-old, club president Joan Laporta stated last week that he had been fired for publicly criticising the team's financial situation.

Xavi made some comments about the club, which led to his sacking, and Hansi Flick, set to take the position as Barcelona's new manager.

Xavi’s warning 

Following his last game in charge on Sunday, Xavi highlighted his accomplishments throughout his three years at the club while also cautioning the new incoming manager.

According to Daily Mail, Xavi said, “To the new manager, I tell you: You will suffer. This is a difficult job and you have to be patient.

Ex-Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez (IMAGO)
Ex-Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez (IMAGO)

“I think that our work has not been appreciated enough. I took over when the team was in ninth place, finished the season in second place, and won the league the next season.”

Barcelona’s LaLiga victory last season was the high point of Xavi's career, and they failed to build on it this season.

His team finished the season without winning any trophies, finishing 10 points behind their bitter rivals Real Madrid, who still have the chance to win more in Saturday's Champions League final.

Meanwhile, according to reports, negotiations are proceeding well, and an agreement with Flick has been reached.

Xavi sacked by Barcelona || Imago
Xavi sacked by Barcelona || Imago

Flick was in charge of Bayern Munich for some years and won the Champions League with the club in 2020 before resigning to take over Germany's national team.

Flick's final managerial position was with Germany, where he was fired in September following a challenging World Cup campaign in 2022 and a 4-1 loss to Japan.

After taking over in 2021, the 59-year-old's team was eliminated in the World Cup group stages, and less than a year later, he was stripped of his responsibilities.