Barcelona Board Set For Discussion Over Xavi Hernandez’s Managerial Continuity – Reports

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Despite an unsettling start to the season and a loss to Girona that has raised eyebrows, Barcelona President Joan Laporta is publicly and privately supporting Xavi Hernandez as manager. He will, however, meet with Sporting Director Deco and right-hand man Alejandro Echevarria to talk about his future due to dissatisfaction among the Barcelona heavyweights as reported by Bar Canalete.

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Barcelona have struggled against even the smallest teams in La Liga and they are currently seven points behind Girona in La Liga with the result in recent times worrying to the board and the fans hence the scheduled meeting to discuss what steps to take with regard to Xavi and a reservation has been made in the name of Echevarria at the steakhouse Via Veneto, where Laporta and Vice-President Rafael Yuste frequently hold business meetings.

Barcelona’s decision to show Xavi the exit door still seems unlikely at least not right now as it could send the team into meltdown although Laporta has publicly supported Xavi, it is no longer a given that Barcelona intends to keep him after the summer. It is said that Xavi believes he can be trusted.

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Evidently, this most recent setback has forced Laporta and company to evaluate their backup plans, which reportedly include Rafael Marquez who is touted as their long-term replacements for Xavi in the event that things worsen or if they fail to perform well by the summer.

Beyond just the outcome and the performance, Xavi is finding it difficult to steer the press narrative, which can also cause issues for Barcelona.


Carlo Ancelotti deemed the point that Real Madrid earned last Saturday against Real Betis to be good. Jude Bellingham was at the center of a close game once again as he has been throughout the season although it was intense and tense and to celebrate his opener, he blew a kiss at the Benito Villamarin to respond to their abuse.

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Bellingham would request permission to enter the Betis dressing room following the game, despite the fact that the exchange was intense and both sides appeared to be interested in getting physical. During the game, a few players asked for his shirt and unable to recall their identities, Marca claimed that he had brought three shirts for the Betis players.

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