Barcelona's Xavi sacking

Snubbed texts to impromptu meeting: here’s how Barcelona’s Xavi sacking unfolded in chronological order

Barcelona’s Xavi sacking decision has drawn widespread reactions from the football world. The full timeline of the events preceding the decision has now come to light. Xavi announced earlier in the season that he’d step down at the end of the campaign. Barca, however, convinced the club legend to stay. Xavi overturned his stance a month ago, only to get sacked.

As per GOAL, the Spaniard texted club president Joan Laporta on WhatsApp. He wanted clarification about his future. However, he didn’t receive any response. Barca then held an impromptu meeting in the club’s training ground. Laporta was joined by club officials Deco and Rafa Yutse. They informed Xavi that he won’t be the manager next season.

Xavi joined in the middle of the 2021–22 season. He led Barcelona to the La Liga and Supercopa de Espana trophies last season. However, this season, Barca were unable to defend the league title. They were also knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals.

Xavi’s journey at Barcelona comes to an abrupt end. Hansi Flick is set to take over next season. Fabrizio Romano reported that a deal has already been struck.

Barcelona’s Xavi sacking: Spaniard sends message to fans

Xavi shares a deep-rooted bond with Barcelona. He became a legendary midfielder at the club. Xavi enjoyed highs as Barcelona’s manager. Following his sacking, Xavi sent a message to the fans. He wrote it on social media, part of which read (via GOAL):

“Dear fans, my time on the Barça bench will end on Sunday. It’s never easy to leave the club of your life, but I do it very proudly, after two and a half years at the head of a dressing room that has been like a second family. I want to thank the support and affection of the fans, who have always been by my side and have always shown me the same love as during my time as a footballer. From Sunday I will be one more culer in the stands, either now at the Olympic Stadium or in a few months at the Nou Camp Nou. Because before I am a player or a coach, I am a Barcelona fan and I only want the best for the club of my life, which will always have me at its disposal.”

The upcoming La Liga away game against Sevilla is Barca’s final game of the season. It will also be their last game under Xavi’s tutelage.

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