Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has revealed he will sack Ronald Koeman regardless of how well he performs and replace him with club legend Xavi if he is elected next year.
Koeman is set to be announced as the club’s new manager on Wednesday after Quique Setien was sacked in the aftermath of Barcelona’s humiliating Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.
Current president Josep Maria Bartomeu is under increasing pressure at the top of the club with elections planned for the first matchday from March 15 next year after they were brought forward.
Ruud Gullit warns Ronald Koeman he is facing a ‘shambles’ if he quits the Netherlands job for Barcelona.
Speaking on Spanish radio programme El Larguero on Tuesday night, Font said: ‘’Even if Koeman has a great season, I will not change my plans.
‘’If I become president, Koeman will not be the coach of Barca in the 2021-22 season.
‘’Xavi understands that all the puzzles in the club must be put together. Who will lead the team will be decided by the Board of Directors, in our case it will be him [Xavi].
‘’Messi is completely disappointed because of the critical situation at the club both in sports, and in economic and organisational terms. I expect that Messi will play under Xavi in 2021.’’
Xavi is currently cutting his teeth in his first managerial role with Qatar’s Al-Sadd.