Barcelona sack ‘B’ coach Garcia Pimienta

Barcelona sack ‘B’ coach Garcia Pimienta. In a stunning move, Barcelona has decided to sack Barca B manager, Francisco Javier Garcia Pimienta. ESPN broke the news and, according to Sport, it was a move that the club had been contemplating for a while despite having previously communicated to Garcia Pimienta that he would stick around as manager.

In fact, Garcia Pimienta was working on transfers for next season.
The Barcelona B manager’s sacking comes as a complete surprise.

The decision comes as a surprise given the work Garcia Pimienta has done with the ‘B’ team. Under his watch, they reached the final of the Segunda B playoffs in two consecutive seasons.

When he took over, the ‘B’ team was in a bit of a mess and he was able to get them back on the right course.

He isn’t the only person leaving, however.

La Masia coordinators, Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira were also let go despite being told more than two weeks ago that they would be continuing.

While many expected Laporta to bring in his own people and get rid of some of those who were appointed under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, La Masia was an area where things were working well and the right people seemed to be in charge.

Sport are reporting that one of the reasons the club decided to fire Garcia Pimienta was because he failed to promote the team on back-to-back occasions.

If that is the case, then it is very harsh on the manager considering the structure of the Segunda B and the role of a youth team manager.

Winning is important but not as important as developing players and making sure they are ready once they are promoted to the senior team. In that aspect, Garcia Pimienta did an excellent job.

He helped with the growth of players like Ronald Araujo, Riqui Puig and Alex Collado — all three who, barring any change, will all be part of the first team next season. He’s also helped with the growth of Nico Gonzalez, Arnau Comas, Konrad de la Fuente and Alex Balde to name a few. All players who have tremendous potential.

As for who will take over, Mundo Deportivo report that former Barcelona player Sergi Barjuan is set to be named as the replacement. He was part of the famous “Dream Team” under Johan Cruyff and a vocal supporter of Laporta during his candidacy.

His managerial record leaves a lot to be desired with his last stint being with the Chinese side Hangzhou Greentown. Barjuan will be under a lot of pressure when he takes over as he’s going to have big shoes to fill.

Barcelona: Xavi gives an optimistic green signal in returning to Camp Nou

Xavi Hernandez as the manager of the Blaugrana has been a dream for any FC Barcelona supporter. Finally, the man of the hour himself answered a few queries.

Despite Xavi’s links with Barça, we have seldom heard from the former club captain. Currently, he is enjoying building up a solid resume by managing the Qatari team of Al Sadd.
Q&A with the Barcelona Legend Xavi

Today, the former Culer made a return at the presentation of the Xavi Hernandez Campus in Barcelona, a few unavoidable questions were cordially asked. The first question regarding this was whether he was keen on returning to Catalonia after two years abroad?

“I’m always on the market. I’ve been coach for two years and I have a very good relationship with Laporta, he decides, I have not been able to talk to him. They have decided to stick with Koeman and I wish him all the best. Whatever he has decided, I imagine it will be the best for the club. I’m always aware of what Barcelona are doing, I’m still very invested in the club, but in these three or four months I haven’t had any contact with anyone on the board.”- Xavi said at the event via Marca.

Xavi says he is in no hurry to make his anticipated dramatic return to manage his boyhood club. He is foremost a Culer, who had led his command over their midfield with his 767 appearances in a remarkable career. Though he is awaiting the opportunity to strike at the right time, he doesn’t shy away from keeping his potential options open if the chance doesn’t come for a few years.

“I don’t know when that moment will come. I’m on the market, but I’m not in a hurry, it’s a dream and an ambition of mine. I couldn’t imagine having two offers to come back, and they arrived [both during Josep Maria Bartomeu’s presidency]. I try to be ready for when Barcelona or another club arrives. I’m ready, but I’m not in a hurry. I hope that everything will come to fruition.”- Xavi added.

There was always going to be a question relating to a manager’s desire to coach one of the all-time greats under him. This question was more interesting as unlike many, Xavi has personally played so many years behind Messi. Iniesta and Xavi were crucial factors in mentoring Leo during his developing years in the team.

“What coach wouldn’t like to coach Messi. He’s physically fine… he’s still the best, he makes the difference in 0.1 seconds. It would be an enormous privilege [to coach him].

The former captain was then hypothetically approached with a question that if Koeman redeems himself and remains for a prolonged period, will he consider alternative options like joining as a manager in the Premier League.

“Why not? Everyone speaks well of it, there’s even more respect for the professionals.”

Can you imagine Xavi joining the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Thomas Tuchel in the Premier League? In the end, he was also asked about his aspirations of managing the Spain national team, to which he modestly replied that he is open to any prestigious opportunity in his managerial career.

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