Barcelona legend, Xavi ‘agrees’ to take over coaching role from Setien

Barcelona legend, Xavi ‘agrees’ to take over coaching role from Setien

Legendary former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has reportedly agreed to replace Quique Setien in the Nou Camp hotseat.

The 61-year-old has endured a tough tenure at the helm of the Catalan giants since replacing Ernesto Valverde in January, and speculation has mounted that the club’s board are tempted to wield the axe already.

The midfield maestro made 767 first-team appearances for the LaLiga giants, and joined the club aged 11 before progressing through their world-renowned La Masia academy system.

Xavi himself admitted last month that he and his coaching staff are preparing to take charge of Barcelona in the future.

The four-time Champions League winner told a video conference: ‘The biggest hope I have now is to be Barca coach and get Barca back to winning ways.

‘Not me but these players and Barca triumphing. And as a consequence, our technical staff, who are preparing for it a lot and it makes us really excited.’

Despite turning down the role due to his perceived lack of experience coaching at the highest level, Xavi appears to have been tempted to accept the offer this time round.

The 40-year-old is unlikely to have enjoyed watching the top-flight title challengers’ struggles to retain their crown this season – with a mixed string of results having handed rivals Real Madrid the advantage.

Setien is now fighting for his future, with many expecting him to be sacked at the end of the campaign.