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FC Barcelona Considers Shock Management U-Turn

FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta is considering another surprise management U-turn according to Relevo, which cited anonymous sources.

Recent months have seen head coach Xavi Hernandez announce he will resign on June 30 only to be convinced to reverse that decision following an April meeting with Laporta.

Just a month after agreeing to see out his contract until the same date in 2025, however, Xavi was dismissed before the weekend.

The main motivation for this was believed to be negative comments the legendary midfielder made about the club’s dire economic outlook, and how it affects being able to complete with Real Madrid, but 3Cat also reported on there being clashes regarding which players to axe ahead of next season.

Regardless, the Xavi saga showed Laporta performing a U-turn and he may be about to do the same again in the coming weeks according to Relevo.

The Spanish outlet reports how Laporta is considering bringing back his former football department director Mateu Alemany, who was popular among fans for his dealings in the transfer market.

Alemany himself did his own backtracking when agreeing to join Aston Villa in spring last year, but then staying put in Catalonia.

Later in September, however, he indeed jumped ship once the transfer window closed, and has been out of work since while linked to a possible post at the Spanish Football Federation.

As explained by La Vanguardia, Laporta rejigged the sports management department to appoint Deco, and offered Alemany a different role as the head of institutional relations which Alemany turned down.

Relevo writes that Alemany possibly coming back to Barca should not mean that Sporting Director Deco has to leave, however.

The pair were previously thought to be “incompatible”, though the Portuguese stated that they aren’t while he also has “appreciation and respect” for a “great professional” in Alemany.

Yet Relevo believes “a coexistence between the two seems highly unlikely” if the re-arrival of the former Mallorca president comes to fruition.

It goes without saying, however, that in a summer where Barca strives to finally free itself of its Financial Fair Play issues and return to the 1:1 rule, an expert in this area such as Alemany will be needed.

Alemany oversaw a number of much-needed departures during his tenure from March 2021 and September 2023, and also brought key players to the club including Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

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