Xavi dropped the bombshell after Villarreal’s defeat at Montjuïc. During the following press conference, he explained the reasons that led him to make the decision to stop being the coach of BARCA on June 30, a year before the end of his contract with the club. Apparently, the events prompted him to announce his departure after a painful and difficult defeat to digest, although the coach was clear about it in the weeks after months of deep reflection.
The process of saying enough was long, but a few moments became the key to understanding the position of Xavi, who only shared his idea with his wife, Núria Cunillera, until he called his inner circle to his private house on Wednesday, January 17. Only three days have passed since Barça lost in the final of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid.
In addition to his partner, his brother and second Blaugrana coach, Òscar Hernández, his representative, Fernando Solanas, and his press officer, Edu Polo, also attended the meeting. Xavi explained that he had long considered leaving the culé bench at the end of the season and that the decision was firm and irreversible. From there, everyone agreed that they would wait for the right moment to make it public, and scenarios such as qualifying for the final of the Copa del Rey or advancing to the semi-finals of the Champions League were explored.
Avoid a traumatic ending
In the end, everything ended much faster than expected, although it was a matter of time before Xavi He will announce it, first to the club and then to the media. There is often a necessary notification so that the sports managers of the entity have time to manage his replacement. The coach explained during the meeting that the criticism does not only affect him professionally but also on a family level, and that he has the feeling that it is becoming more violent every day. I want to avoid, at all costs, ending up like Ronald Koeman experienced. For the good of all,.
As an anecdote, they explained to us that, during the meeting, TV3 reported that Thiago Motta was one of the names on Deco’s table as Xavi’s replacement on the bench. “Do you see how this can’t end well? he said to his colleagues.