One the most considerable Barcelona legend had appeared set to take over from the under-pressure Valverde following Barcelona’s mixed form so far this season but that no longer appears the case
FC Barcelona legend Xavi has reportedly turned down the opportunity to take charge of the Catalan club immediately – but he could yet do so at the end of the season.
Hernendez, who made 767 appearances in 17 seasons at Barca, is currently in charge of Qatari side Al Sadd- his first job in management.
Reports suggested that he had met Barcelona’s general director Oscar Grau and his former teammate and now technical secretary Eric Abidal, and it was rumoured he would be taking over imminently.
As reported from goal.com however, Xavi has refused to do so until the end of the season due to his respect for Valverde.
The legend could not deny his attraction towards the job when asked by reporters recently, saying: “I cannot hide it, that is my dream. It is my dream to coach Barcelona , I have said it many times in many interviews.
“Almost all knows that I support Barcelona from the bottom of my heart, so yes, it’s one of my dreams but I’m focussed on Al Sadd.”
Besides winning two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa since taking over at Barcelona in 2017, Valverde has come under increasing pressure recently, and following their 3-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa final on Thursday he looked set for the sack.
It seems as though he will live to fight another day, though, and will almost certainly be in charge for Barcelona’s game against Granada next Sunday.
If Hernendez does eventually take over he will be the latest in a long list of former Barcelona player to move from a playing role to the hotseat.
Former legends such as Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola, Frank Rijkaard and Johan Cruyff all had spells as manager at one point, and Xavi would no doubt be a hugely popular choice with supporters of the club.