Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta believes his former midfield partner Xavi would be the perfect new manager for the Catalan side.
Ronald Koeman, still in charge at Nou Camp, has been under scrutiny in recent weeks. But he gave a strong message during his Wednesday press conference.
Iniesta however has named Xavi as his replacement, despite rumors circulating that Joan Laporta had compiled a list of potential candidates.
They were the dominant midfielders in La Liga at the height of Barcelona’s success in the early 2010s.
“I think [he is ready], yes. If you ask me if I imagine Xavi on the Barca bench,” the Spaniard recently told SPORT.
“Above all, because he’s been preparing and training to coach Barca. He has the confidence to take on this challenge.
The 37-year-old is still a professional footballer, and he plies his trade for the Japanese side Vissel Kobe, but he has considered a coaching role.
“Some days you feel you want to be a coach. Others, no. It’s difficult to imagine anything other than what I am currently playing.
“It’s true that I have to think about [coaching] and see what the possibilities are. What I would like to do and I think I will, is get my badges.”
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Another named that has been linked with the Barcelona post is Jordi Cruyff, Johan Cruyff’s son.
Johan Cruyff has been called the father of modern Barcelona. His principles, which he set down in the 1990s, are still being followed today.
Managers must have a’real understanding’ of the club.
Jose Mourinho was unable to manage the club and was replaced by Guardiola. This led to their rivalry.
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Xavi certainly ‘knows the club’ after spending almost two decades at the Blaugrana before moving onto Al-Sadd where he hung up his boots.
The 41-year old is currently the Qatari side’s most prominent player, having led them to two Qatar Stars League title.