Primera División: Newspaper: Flick to become Barça coach – announcement on Monday

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Newspaper: Flick to become Barça coach – announcement on Monday

Former German national coach Hansi Flick is set to become coach at FC Barcelona. Photo

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Now everything could happen very quickly. According to a Spanish newspaper, Hansi Flick has been confirmed as the new coach of FC Barcelona. The announcement is expected to be made in just a few days.

According to a media report from Spain, Hansi Flick will be the new coach of FC Barcelona. The top Catalan club will announce the appointment of the former national coach on Monday, wrote the newspaper “Mundo Deportivo”. According to the report, a decisive phone call has already taken place between the 59-year-old and Barça’s sports director Deco. Details such as the contract term are still to be clarified. A one-year contract with an option for an extension is being discussed.

Previously, several media outlets had reported that Flick was once again a hot candidate for the top club. Flick is therefore considered the club management’s favorite if, after an unprecedented back and forth in recent weeks, there is a separation from the current coach Xavi. However, this separation has not yet been officially confirmed. According to the newspaper, Xavi will also be informed of the decision on Monday.

Several U-turns

Barcelona’s club legend announced his retirement after the end of this season in January. Even then, Flick was being considered as a possible successor. The first turnaround followed in April, when Xavi, President Joan Laporta and sporting director Deco agreed to continue working together until at least 2025.

However, the 44-year-old 2010 World Champion is now apparently facing ousting again because Xavi’s public statements about the club’s financial situation and the lack of international competitiveness of his squad are said to have massively angered the Barça management.

One thing that speaks in Flick’s favor as a potential successor is that his agent Pini Zahavi has a good relationship with Laporta. He also has a good reputation in Spain because, as coach of Bayern Munich, he beat FC Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinals on the way to winning the Champions League in 2020.


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