Xavi can be Barcelona’s Alex Ferguson, says presidential hopeful Victor Font


By: Reuters |

November 18, 2020 10:14:20 pm

Xavi has received eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, 4 Champions League trophies, and two Club World Cups with Barcelona as a participant. (File)

With Barcelona’s glory days quickly turning into a fading reminiscence, presidential hopeful Victor Font believes luring former midfield nice Xavi Hernandez again to the membership would spark one other golden age for the Catalans.

Xavi, one of many architects of Barca’s decade-long rule of world soccer, is the coach of Qatari facet Al Sadd however has agreed to play a number one position again with Barca if Font wins the membership’s election on Jan. 24.

While Font expects to see Xavi, 40, within the Barca dugout sooner or later, he’s equally passionate about the long run position he can play.

“We decided some years ago the best person to help us build our organisation is Xavi,” Font advised Reuters in an interview.

“Ideally we can have Xavi as a general manager for many years like Alex Ferguson was at Manchester United. But if he needs to play a different role, he can be flexible. Few people have the leadership qualities he has.”

Ferguson is probably the most profitable supervisor in British soccer, having received 49 trophies throughout his 39-year managerial profession, together with 38 with Manchester United.

Font can also be decided that Xavi stays at Barca for a few years and doesn’t export his experience to rival European golf equipment.

“I have told Xavi we cannot afford to have another case like Pep Guardiola,” Font mentioned.

“Pep coached the first team very successfully for a few years then he moved on and went to the competition (Bayern Munich and then Manchester City). We need to have Xavi in the club for the next 10 years.”

Font’s plan for Xavi to supervise the membership’s progress doesn’t imply his arrival would be an imminent menace to present coach Ronald Koeman.

“That’s a decision the sporting directors will have to make, but we’re thankful to Ronald for taking on this challenge at a difficult time. We’re happy to see him making bold decisions and empowering the young players who have potential,” he mentioned.

“Xavi has a very long term perspective. He’s only 40, he was telling me the other day his professional career as a coach has many years ahead of him. So there will be no tension or conflict.”


Xavi, who made a report 767 appearances for Barca between 1998 and 2015, got here by means of the membership’s La Masia youth academy. During his time on the membership, Barcelona received quite a lot of main competitions, together with eight La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, 4 Champions League trophies, and two Club World Cups.

However, the as soon as feted academy has lengthy ceased to be a conveyor belt for the primary staff.

Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto are the one first staff regulars to interrupt by means of from the academy since 2015, whereas the likes of Hector Bellerin, Thiago Alcantara and Eric Garcia all left fearing a scarcity of alternatives.

Meanwhile, the membership has misspent loads of cash on gamers who thrived at prime European golf equipment however didn’t ship at Barca, akin to Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele.

Font attracts a direct correlation between the decline of the academy and the primary staff, whose decay was laid naked in final season’s humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich within the Champions League.

“Our history shows we have been most successful when we have been consistent with the style of play Johan Cruyff instilled in the 1980s and relied on talent from the academy,” he mentioned.

“That’s why we have to return to these roots and have professionals main the venture who’re keen to take dangers and make bets on the expertise coming by means of, relatively than making costly signings.

“Xavi, who has seen how younger gamers can unleash their potential, is uniquely positioned to make sure we wager on younger expertise and persuade these children they’ll have sufficient probabilities to succeed in the event that they keep at our membership.

“Big sporting decisions need to be in the hands of professionals who know the most about the sport,” he added.

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