According to reports, FC Barcelona‘s director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau are planning to meet with Xavi Hernandez in Doha to talk about Xavi’s possibility of becoming Barcelona’s next Head coach replacing Ernesto Valverde.
Barcelona was in Saudi Arabia for the Super Cup Espana, where they suffered a 3-2 defeat against Atletico Madrid. The presence of the Barca delegates in Saudi Arabia provides some testimony to this news.
Ernesto Valverde ‘s replacement?
Just moments after Barcelona suffered a 3-2 defeat against Atletico Madrid, RAC1 radio reported that Ernesto Valverde‘s position as head coach is not safe, and the board members will discuss it in a meeting on upcoming Monday.
However, Mundo Deportivgo quickly negated RAC1’s report. They stated that club officials had denied them any concerns over Valverde’s future post-Atletico defeat in Jeddah.
“In that sense, they affirmed that president [Josep] Bartomeu does not intend to fire him, The meeting of the board of directors, scheduled for next Monday, has already been set for days according to these sources of the club and has not been precipitated in any case by the defeat in the Spanish Super Cup,” wrote Fernando Polo.
The whole team still supports Ernesto Valverde. Lionel Messi still openly supported Ernesto Valverde again in the post-match press conference. Luis Suarez also showed his support for the current manager. Both of them insisted that the full team supports Ernesto Valverde. The Players also stressed the defeat as their own fault and not of the manager.
In SPORT this morning, Joaquim M. Bertran declared that these comments’ reflected what the general feeling of the Barcelona dressing room is about the situation and about the continuity of Ernesto Valverde on the bench. ‘Some players have already reached the board of Bartomeu, through different means. Moreover, they clarified Ernesto Valverde’s continuation as head coach [and that]. The solution [to the team’s problems] does not go through a change of coach,’ he continued. The staff is ‘convinced that, together with their coach, they will prevent a similar situation [as occurred in Liverpool and Rome] from happening again this season.’